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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: News Release: Seattle Department of Transportation Prepared for Continued Snow and Ice Response

12/16/2008  1:45:00 PM
Rick Sheridan, (206) 684-8540 or (206) 396-3053
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548

News Release: Seattle Department of Transportation Prepared for Continued Snow and Ice Response

(SEATTLE)--With an eye on the approaching winter storm, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will have its full fleet of winter storm equipment ready tonight for clearing city streets. All 27 sanders, plows and de-icing trucks, and their crews will be on standby this evening in anticipation of additional winter precipitation. SDOT will closely monitor weather and pavement conditions throughout the night to quickly and effectively respond to the storm.

Today SDOT crews continue to treat city streets with deicer and sand as needed. West Seattle was harder hit with snow and ice than other areas, so SDOT has dedicated additional trucks and crews to that part of the city. Arterial streets citywide remain the priority and, due to low temperatures, de-icer will be periodically reapplied to keep pavement clear. Crews are able to fill requests for treating non-arterial streets on a case by case basis and have been doing so with an emphasis on West Seattle. The department also today began clearing public stairways and sidewalks in high priority areas, such as the walkways on bridges and in business districts.

To make plowing, de-icing and sanding requests within the City of Seattle, residents are encouraged to call (206) 386-1218. Outside the Seattle city limits, call the public works or road maintenance office for the appropriate city or county.

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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