Street sweeping, to help keep stormwater drainage systems functioning, began Monday.
Sweeping will be weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is expected to continue through November, depending on weather.
Community members are asked to keep leaves and debris from their property out of the road and to remove items such as basketball hoops and bicycles to help street vehicles complete sweeping more efficiently. Drivers are urged to use caution when approaching or passing street sweeping vehicles to avoid dust and debris that may be swept into the air.
Community members can view a map of street sweeping areas on the City’s Street Maintenance web page at spokanevalley.org/StreetMaintenance. Areas shown in orange on the map reflect locations where street sweeping is currently underway.
As those areas are completed, the color will be updated to green.
The annual effort removes dirt and debris that could otherwise accumulate and clog the stormwater system, resulting in standing water in the roadway. Standing water not only creates a driving hazard, it can accelerate deterioration of the driving surface and underlying structure, which could be expensive to repair or reconstruct.
In severe cases, standing water can cause damage to adjacent properties. If there is standing water or flooding in a street, it may mean a drain is clogged. Residents can report these issues via SVexpress at spokanevalley.org/311.
Street sweeping is just one of the ways the city of Spokane Valley maximizes taxpayer dollars to help keep streets in good condition. It’s a more cost-effective alternative to vacuuming debris out of the drywells where it has accumulated. It’s also less expensive than replacing drywells that have become so clogged that they no longer function.
Street sweeping is funded primarily by the city of Spokane Valley Stormwater Fund and supplemented by the Street Fund.
More information is available on the city’s street maintenance web page shown above or by calling 720-5000.