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Pierce County road crews turn to second roads, possible urban flooding

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Dec. 23, 2008 at 3:08 pm with No Comments »
December 23, 2008 3:08 pm

Pierce County road crews are starting to focus on secondary roads after they’ve cleared the main roads of snow, ice and slush.

“Temperatures are warming, and our crews are making excellent headway widening the snow corridor to prevent slush being tracked back into the traveled way,” wrote Bruce Wagner, road operations manager for Pierce County, in an update. “We are moving focus to secondary roads.”

Road crews anticipate tonight’s snow fall to be wet. That means, crews will be able to plow it and get down to bare pavement more quickly.

Wagner does warn that crews could see some urban flooding as the snow melts around storm drains. Some drains could be block by ice and other debris.

Road crews will continue to work 12-hour shifts as long as the weather continues to cause problems for drivers.

“We will schedule only the minimal number of crew required to meet forecasted needs on Christmas and will call in employees to reinforce efforts if conditions are more severe than predicted,” Wagner wrote. “Once the snow begins to melt for good, we will move into pothole patrol and sweeping mode. I expect this transition to occur over the coming weekend.”

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