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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Seattle Department of Transportation Prepared for Winter Storm

12/11/2008  2:15:00 PM

Seattle Department of Transportation Prepared for Winter Storm

SEATTLE - With weather forecasts predicting colder weekend temperatures and possible snow, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is ready to keep city roads clear. The department has equipment prepared, crews trained, and anti-icer and de-icer products on hand. SDOT has also coordinated snow response plans with the Washington State Department of Transportation, King County Metro Transit and the Seattle Police Department.

SDOT’s first priority when it snows is to maintain major arterials. Hospital routes and emergency food banks are also priorities. Once the snowfall lessens, crews may be able to work on lesser arterial streets. If the snow is long-lasting, crews may clear some non-arterial streets, though some streets are too narrow for city plows. Additional information on SDOT’s winter storm response and priority routes for plowing can be found at:

When it snows and you don’t have to travel, SDOT advises the public to stay at home, leaving the streets as free of traffic as possible. If you must travel, please consider public transit. If you must drive, make sure your car is ready. Keep your gas tank full in case you are delayed en route. Have an ice scraper in the glove compartment, make sure your car has coolant in the radiator and all-weather tires with good tread. Carry chains and know how to put them on. It’s also a good idea to have a small shovel, and some sand to use in front of your tires should you get stuck. Have a blanket and water and emergency food in your car in case you should become stranded.

When driving in winter weather conditions, the department advises motorists to reduce their speed. Even if streets look clear, they could be slippery and may have ice in some places, especially on elevated roadways or shaded areas. If you encounter a slow-moving snow plow, give it plenty of room so you stay clear of any material that could spray up from the roadway. If your car should become stranded on an impassible roadway, pull off to the shoulder so that snow plows or other vehicles can pass by.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $8 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.

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