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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: SDOT Moves to Next Phase of Winter Storm Response

12/23/2008  1:15:00 PM

SDOT Moves to Next Phase of Winter Storm Response

SEATTLE - The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has cleared primary arterials to exposed pavement and is now focusing on secondary roads. Feeder and collector routes across Seattle such as Third Ave. NW in Ballard, Fifteenth Ave. S. on Beacon Hill, SW Thistle Street in West Seattle, and Ravenna Avenue NE in Ravenna will be repeatedly plowed, sanded and de-iced. SDOT road-clearing crews have remained on a 24-hour schedule since Dec. 18.

As snow plows enter smaller neighborhood streets, residents should be aware that additional accumulation of plowed snow and ice may occur around parked cars. Additionally, drivers who encounter SDOT trucks on narrow roadways are advised to provide ample room for the crews to work.

Multiple winter storms created road conditions not seen in more than a decade. SDOT’s initial focus cleared heavily traveled streets such as the Alaskan Way Viaduct, the West Seattle Bridge, Rainier Avenue S, Elliott Avenue W, and Lake City Way NE.

With weather forecasts predicting possible snow, the department will continue to monitor primary roads and deploy resources as needed.

Additional information on SDOT’s winter storm response plan and priority routes for plowing can be found at:

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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