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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: SDOT Clearing More Snow from Seattle Streets

12/21/2008  3:15:00 PM

SDOT Clearing More Snow from Seattle Streets

Residents advised to avoid driving if possible

SEATTLE - With yet another wave of snow arriving, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) continues to aggressively plow, de-ice and sand across the city. With additional inches of snow hitting roadways, the department continues to advise that motorists use caution and not drive if it can be avoided. If motorists must drive, they are advised to reduce their speeds, transition carefully from side streets to arterials and give snowplows ample room to operate.

The department’s focus remains principal arterials, bridges and other elevated road structures, streets near hospitals, and bus routes. A particular emphasis has been placed on outbound travel routes from Qwest Field. SDOT currently has its entire winter response fleet of 27 trucks plowing, sanding and de-icing city streets. Four of those trucks are devoted solely to the West Seattle Bridge and the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Due to icy conditions, the South Lake Union line of the Seattle Streetcar is no longer in operation.

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.


Seattle Department of Transportation

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