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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Traffic Advisory: SDOT Has a Full Crew and More Responding to Snow

12/18/2008  10:40:00 AM
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548

SDOT Has a Full Crew and More Responding to Snow

SEATTLE--Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) crews continue plowing, de-icing and sanding the city's major arterial streets around the city as snowfall continues. Major arterial streets in general remain passable. Side streets may be difficult for drivers, and many side streets on steep hills are closed. People who are not required to drive today are advised to stay at home.

The West Seattle bridges remain open, but the on-ramp at Chelan Street to eastbound West Seattle bridges is closed at this time due to an accident. Earlier today, accidents at two locations-- the Delridge on-ramp to eastbound West Seattle Bridge, and the off-ramp to Columbia Street and northbound I-5, closed those ramps and backed up traffic.

SDOT response today includes the following:

22 snow response vehicles servicing the primary routes, bridge structures, school zones and specified Metro Transit trouble locations.

2 response vehicles dedicated to patrolling/servicing West Seattle Bridge and Alaskan Way Viaduct.

6 hand crews sanding hospital landings.

SDOT will keep full staff servicing our primary routes, bridge structures, school zones and Metro Transit routes as temperatures expected to fall to low 20's

Crews will continue on 12-hour shifts until weather forecast changes to a more positive direction.

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Seattle Department of Transportation

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