Plan ahead for holiday closures, schedule changes

December 31, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

UPDATED — 10:35 a.m. Dec. 31, 2009

Forget celebrating New Year’s Eve with fireworks.

The citywide fireworks ban remains in effect New Year’s Eve, although unincorporated King County residents may discharge fireworks from 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Officials reminded residents to set off only approved and legal fireworks purchased from reliable state- and King County Fire Marshal Division-licensed retailers. Learn more about fireworks regulations and safety here.

Police will also ensure merrymaking remains safe. Issaquah police and officers from 25 other law enforcement agencies will increase DUI patrols as New Year’s Eve turns to 2010.

King County law enforcement agencies and the Washington State Patrol will work together to conduct the patrols. During the stepped-up enforcement, known as X-52 patrols, officers will look for people who drive after drinking or using drugs, and arrest them.

Meanwhile, City Hall and other municipal facilities closed for the New Year’s holiday and will reopen Monday. Garbage, recycling and compost will not be collected by Waste Management and Allied Waste on New Year’s Day. Customers with Friday pickups will have their trash picked up a day late, with collection Saturday. Learn more about the holiday waste collection schedule here.

Metro Transit will operate on a Sunday schedule Friday. On a weekday with a reduced schedule, some commuter and school-oriented routes do not operate, and other routes will have trips canceled. Many routes will have no changes. Regular fares apply in most cases. View a complete overview of all Metro holiday service here.

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