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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Traffic Advisory: Plan on a Wintry Afternoon Commute

12/18/2008  2:25:00 PM

Plan on a Wintry Afternoon Commute
Commuters should consider an early trip home

SEATTLE - As snow continues to fall in Seattle, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) continues to aggressively plow, de-ice and sand city arterial streets. Commuters planning homeward trips may want to leave early to avoid looming lower temperatures that will create icy conditions. Drivers will find the best roadway conditions on major arterial streets. The department continues to advise that all motorists use caution and not drive if it can be avoided.

SDOT crews are plowing, deicing and sanding primary and secondary arterial streets throughout the city, and are also working on streets in downtown Seattle and near hospitals. Currently there are 21 trucks clearing city streets, with two plows/sanders dedicated solely to the West Seattle Bridge and the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Crews are working on 12-hour shifts and will continue working through the night.

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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Seattle Department of Transportation

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