Crews shift focus to freezing conditions on roads
February 24, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 11:45 a.m. Feb. 24, 2011
Temperatures should plummet into the teens Thursday night, raising the threat of freezing conditions on roads in Issaquah and surrounding areas.
In Issaquah, all roads remain open. Municipal road crews plowed and sanded high-priority routes overnight and continue to work on lower-priority streets.
Crews focus on priority routes and then start to clear side streets as conditions allow.
Motorists can check up-to-the-minute road conditions on real-time traffic cameras installed throughout Issaquah.
State Department of Transportation leaders deployed more than 200 snowplows and trucks to plow and treat Western Washington roadways.
“Our crews have been working 24/7 shifts to address this late-winter storm by pre-treating roadways and plowing,” Chris Christopher, DOT director of maintenance and operations, said in a release. “We will continue on this schedule over the next 24 hours, particularly to focus on the potential problem of wet roads turning to ice.”
King County Road Services Division crews also deployed for 24-hour operations to combat snow and ice.
Motorists should drive for conditions by reduce speeds, using careful steering and braking slowly; by slowing down and watching for ice near intersections, off-ramps, bridges and shady spots; by avoiding the use of cruise control; and by leaving enough room between vehicles. Remember, large vehicles take longer to stop.
King County Metro Transit planners urged riders to check the winter weather website before traveling. Many Eastside bus routes remain on snow routing Thursday.
Sound Transit also offers rider alerts on specific routes throughout the Puget Sound region.