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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: News Release: Seattle Crews Remain “at the Ready” for Snow and Ice

12/17/2008  9:00:00 AM
Richard Sheridan (206) 684-8540
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548

Seattle Crews Remain “at the Ready” for Snow and Ice

(SEATTLE)--The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) proactively positioned crews around the city this morning, with light snow forecast, ready to respond to snow and ice on major arterial streets if needed. During the day, many crews will proceed with normal street maintenance activities while continuing to carefully monitor roadway conditions. Heavier snowfall is forecast for late this afternoon. A full contingent of crews and snow/ice equipment will be deployed in the field in advance of the evening commute.

Seattle was being called “the hole in the doughnut” earlier today as snowfall hit all around the region, but skipped over the city itself. SDOT crews are not letting down their guard, however, and remain available to quickly respond to weather developments.

Today crews continue to clear high priority non-arterial streets of lingering snow and ice, and also public stairways and walkways at critical locations, on a case-by-case basis, in response to requests. SDOT’s trucks are not able to access some of Seattle’s narrow side streets. To submit a request, call 206.386.1218.

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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