Ed Murray, Mayor
SUBJECT: SDOT: “Let’s Talk Snow”
11/19/2009 11:15:00 AM
Marybeth Turner (206) 684-8548
SDOT: "Let's Talk Snow"
SEATTLE— The Seattle Department of Transportation unfurled its new SDOT Winter Weather Facebook Website this week and began distributing its new Winter Weather, Let’s be Ready Together brochure. These tools will help spread awareness of SDOT’s revised winter weather response plan and will provide more ways for SDOT and the public to discuss weather-related issues.
The new Facebook page provides an additional way for the public to ask questions, make comments, and to share photos. SDOT will share weather-related tips, updates, and links on the Facebook page. Other ways to keep in touch include “Seattledot” on Twitter, SDOT Blog, and SDOT’s winter weather Website. Links to all are available at “SDOT Interactive,” http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/
SDOT is distributing the new winter weather brochure to students at all of Seattle’s public elementary schools for children to take home to their parents. The brochure will also be available at Seattle Public Library branches, the Department of Neighborhood’s Neighborhood Service Centers, and Seattle Park and Recreation Department’s facilities. SDOT is also providing the brochures to hospitals and social service organizations. The brochure is posted at www.seattle.gov/transportation/winterweather.htm, and will soon be available in six languages in addition to English (Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, and Somali) at the same website.
SDOT’s revised winter weather response plan includes new technology for planning and tracking vehicle operations, revised driver routes, and the use of new materials for proactively treating Seattle’s major streets for snow and ice.
The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $12 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.