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4 p.m. DOT road report out

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Nov. 29, 2006 at 4:36 pm with No Comments »
November 29, 2006 4:36 pm

Here it is:


South King County

Most roadways are bare and dry, however there are still a number with compact snow and ice in places. Drivers should be especially careful on ramps and overpasses.

The biggest challenges in south King County have been SR 516 and SR 518.

We have 18 trucks and 24 people working 12-hour shifts in this area.

Central and North King County

Most roads are bare and dry with compact snow and ice in places.

We have applied deicer in advance of tonight’s forecasted snow event.

We have 6 liquid deicer trucks on the road treating key areas for tonight’s commute. We will also have 25 plowing and sanding trucks that will be on the road this evening.

We will keep the I-5 express lanes open all night and switch them to the southbound direction at midnight. Doing this allows our plows to maintain the roads and the entrance areas.

Snohomish County

Snow is lightly falling in places.

Our biggest challenge has been SR 522. We have used a lot of our resources to keep the area clear.

We are applying deicer in selected spots this afternoon in preparation for the evening commute.

Some incident response crews are working a split shift, and sleeping now so they can return later today.

We have 12 people working 12-hour shifts in Snohomish County.

Whatcom County

Snow is lightly falling in places.

Many roads are bare and dry with compact snow and ice in places. The ramps and overpasses are still icy. It is so cold the ice is binding to the pavement and refusing to come up.

I-5 from Bellingham to the border is compact snow and ice with tire ruts in the snow.

Tonight we will have 12 trucks and 24 people working 12-hour shifts.

There is compact snow and ice on Mt. Baker Highway (SR 542) and traction tires are required.

Skagit County

We have compact snow and ice on all secondary highways and snow is coming down.

We’ve used 1,500 cubic yards of sand during this winter storm.

We have spent the day using liquid deicer and sand in combination on the worst areas as we prepare for tonight’s snow.

We will have 15 trucks and 24 people working 12-hour shifts in this area.

Snoqualmie Pass

Bare with snow and ice in places. No restrictions on I-90 Snoqualmie Pass.

Alternate Passes

US 2 Stevens Pass – Compact snow and ice on the roadway and traction tires advised. Oversized vehicles prohibited.

US 12 White Pass – Bare with compact snow and ice in places. Traction tires advised. Oversized vehicles prohibited.

US 97 Blewett Pass – Traction tires advised.

Conditions of other State Routes:


Lewis County

Roads are looking good.

Pierce County

Temperatures hovering at 25 to 30 degrees

Our biggest challenge is competing with traffic to apply materials and plow snow (back ups, abandoned vehicles)

During the break in action, crews have replenished sand/salt mix; replaced supplies; filled liquid trucks; serviced equipment and other odd and ends to prepare.

Crews have been working split shifts since Sunday night/Monday Morning. We will continue this schedule through tonight and re-evaluate Thursday morning using current conditions and forecast whether or not to continue the split shifts. The "Winter Night Patrol" is now in effect for the Tacoma area until February/March.

There are 21 people plus 2 supervisors working from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. plus office support and mechanics. The night shift has 22 people plus two supervisors working 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Mechanics are on-call for equipment needs.

Jefferson County

Temperatures right around freezing

Our biggest challenge is working around the commute hours if the storm hits as predicted

We are applying liquid and solid chemical to all know trouble spots in advance of the next storm where the road conditions allow

We have been on our winter storm schedule since 7:30 a.m. Monday morning and plan on staying on this schedule through Friday. Our hours are: Day crew 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Night Crew 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

16 people are on day shift and 11 people are on night shift.

Thurston County

Temperatures hovering at 25 to 30 degrees

Our biggest challenge is competing with traffic to apply materials and plow snow (back ups, abandoned vehicles)

During the break in action, crews have replenished sand/salt mix; replaced supplies; filled liquid trucks; serviced equipment and other odd and ends to prepare.

Crews have been working split shifts since Sunday night/Monday Morning. We will continue this schedule through tonight and re-evaluate Thursday morning using current conditions and forecast whether or not to continue the split shifts. .

There are 21 people plus 2 supervisors working from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. plus office support and mechanics. The night shift has 22 people plus two supervisors working 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Mechanics are on-call for equipment needs.

Clallam County

Temperatures right around freezing

Our biggest challenge is working around the commute hours if the storm hits as predicted

We are applying liquid and solid chemical to all know trouble spots in advance of the next storm where the road conditions allow

We have been on our winter storm schedule since 7:30 a.m. Monday morning and plan on staying on this schedule through Friday. Our hours are: Day crew 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Night Crew 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. 16 people are on day shift and 11 people are on night shift.

Grays Harbor

Temperatures around 33 degrees and rising

The forecast is calling for rain so right now, there are no big challenges.

We have been applying salt, but only a little since temperatures are rising.

We have been having at least 8 people on duty 24 hours a day, however, if the temperatures keep rising, will send some folks home tonight.

Kitsap

Current temperature is 28. Expected temperatures to go up to 30 tonight.

Our biggest challenge is dealing with traffic. Some tend to drive faster than conditions would allow. They don’t clear the snow off their vehicles and when the snow flies off the vehicle it can cause driver distraction plus in the spots it hits the roads it will freeze in clumps where there was no icy spot.

We are treating the roads as necessary in preparation.

The day crews have been working on stockpiles (mixing and loading), cleaning and repairing the equipment to prepare for the event and have things ready for when the night crew arrives.

We have about half the crew working days and half working nights. Most have been working 10-12 hour shifts. That’s about 15 or less on each shift.

Mason

Current temperature is 28. Expected temperatures to go up to 30 tonight.

Our biggest challenge is dealing with traffic. Some tend to drive faster than conditions would allow. They don’t clear the snow off their vehicles and when the snow flies off the vehicle it can cause driver distraction plus in the spots it hits the roads it will freeze in clumps where there was no icy spot.

We are treating the roads as necessary in preparation.

The day crews have been working on stockpiles (mixing and loading), cleaning and repairing the equipment to prepare for the event and have things ready for when the night crew arrives.

We have about half the crew working days and half working nights. Most have been working 10-12 hour shifts. That’s about 15 or less on each shift.

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