Snow and Driving

transportation
5:03 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

SDOT Looking into De-Icer that Caused Crashes on Seattle Bridge

Seattle transportation officials are looking into what went wrong after cars started spinning out of control on a de-iced West Seattle Bridge on Monday.

Three minor car crashes in the eastbound lanes shut down the bridge for several hours. Police blamed the de-icer used on the bridge, but the formula, which the city has been using for three years now, didn’t seem to have caused any problems in the westbound lanes on the same bridge.

Still, the Seattle Department of Transportation is checking to make sure the de-icer had not been contaminated, said spokesman Rick Sheridan.

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Driver Survey
12:23 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

We're comfortable driving in the snow? Really, Pemco?

But is the driver comfortable navigating on our snowy, icy roads?
@Brycej Twitpic

This statement might surprise you. It sure surprised us. 

Pemco Insurance makes the claim, based on a survey it did of Washington drivers. Most polled (58%)  say they feel 'comfortable' behind the wheel when driving on snowy roads.

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Winter Weather
8:47 am
Wed December 29, 2010

Snowy Wednesday morning for some commuters

This Everett area photo is from a WSDOT camera, taken shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday.
WSDOT

Snow greeted some Puget Sound communities this morning, making for a slippery commute.  Buses in Snohomish County skidded on freeway ramps, according to The Seattle Times.

At least two Community Transit buses were stuck along Interstate 5 entrance ramps south of Everett about 7 a.m. Wednesday as snow slickened road surfaces, according to the State Patrol.

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Winter Weather
9:32 am
Tue November 23, 2010

Seattle update: snowplows out, some streets closed

A woman walks gingerly across icy Boylston Avenue on Seattle's First Hill Tuesday morning. The street had a thick layer of compact snow and ice, like many in the region.
Gary Davis/KPLU

Snowplows are working icy Seattle streets this morning after a nightmare Monday snowstorm and deep freeze left many roads impassable. 

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Traffic
3:26 pm
Mon November 22, 2010

I-5 express lanes in Seattle to remain open southbound through evening commute

The Washington State Department of Transportation has decided to keep the I-5 express lanes open in the southbound direction through Tuesday afternoon.

In certain snow and ice conditions WSDOT leaves these lanes open during normally scheduled closures to prevent ice and snow accumulation. Drivers headed in the northbound direction through downtown Seattle should plan accordingly. 

Updated traffic conditions are available on the WSDOT website

Winter Weather
12:51 pm
Mon November 22, 2010

Pierce County roads worsen as snow continues

No one was seriously injured in this Pierce Transit bus accident near the UW Tacoma campus. Twenty were on board when the bus slid down a slick hill near 19th & Jefferson.
Twitpic/@ksymer

Monday's snow is wreaking havoc in Pierce County. The conditions have clogged roads with multiple accidents and spinouts, leaving some commuters stranded and affecting public transit operations.

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