road conditions http://kplu.org en Utility crews struggling to keep up with ice storm http://kplu.org/post/utility-crews-struggling-keep-ice-storm <p>Upwards of 250,000 homes served by Puget Sound Energy are without power &ndash; and some of the outages are expected to last a long as 4 days. Two of the region&#39;s other utilities were also reporting outages, bringing the total to about 280,000.</p><p>The ice storm is causing road closures and power outages all over the region.</p><p>Pierce, Thurston and Northeast King County are hardest hit.</p><p>As wet snow melts and then re-freezes, its weight is breaking tree limbs near roads or pulling entire trees out of the ground.</p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 13:45:45 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3839 at http://kplu.org Utility crews struggling to keep up with ice storm Fast melt could pose environmental challenges http://kplu.org/post/fast-melt-could-pose-environmental-challenges <p>It&rsquo;s a tough commute out there for anyone who has to drive. Snow is melting fast, and <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/gregoire-declares-state-emergency-thousands-without-power-cliff-mass-ice-storm-unusual">ice is a big danger</a>.</p><p>But in Seattle at least, the consensus seems to be that the city has improved a lot in keeping main arterials clear, by deploying trucks that preemptively spray de-icer&nbsp;and sprinkle rock salt on the roads&nbsp;when it snows.</p><p>It&rsquo;s not without environmental risks, but officials say they&rsquo;re doing what they can to strike the balance between maintaining public safety and limiting the risks from polluted runoff.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 17:45:31 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3812 at http://kplu.org Fast melt could pose environmental challenges Seattle drivers face more potholes http://kplu.org/post/seattle-drivers-face-more-potholes <p>Drivers in Seattle may have noticed they’re hitting more potholes this year than usual. City officials say they’re aware of 1,800 holes in the road this winter compared to 570 last winter. Mayor Mike McGinn says Mother Nature has made it tough to fix them:</p><blockquote><p>“The rain, snow, freezing weather has led us to have a dramatically larger number of potholes and an aging infrastructure, frankly, this winter season than in prior years.&nbsp; We are not currently meeting the 72-hour standard we’ve set for ourselves because of the number of pothole requests.”</p> Tue, 01 Feb 2011 22:54:02 +0000 Charla Bear 687 at http://kplu.org Seattle drivers face more potholes Tuesday morning's headlines http://kplu.org/post/tuesday-mornings-headlines-0 <p>Sunshine for the deep freeze, winds cause power outages, and roads remain a mess.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 23 Nov 2010 15:11:48 +0000 Gary Davis 201 at http://kplu.org Tuesday morning's headlines