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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: SDOT crews report improved street conditions

1/17/2007  6:00:00 AM
Marybeth Turner, Communications Office, 206.386.1218 or cell, 206.255.9363

SDOT crews report improved street conditions

(Seattle)-Major arterial streets in Seattle are in good condition as air temperatures remained above freezing overnight. This morning SDOT Street Maintenance crews are patrolling, and putting down sand on secondary arterial streets and residential streets as needed.

“While the air temperature is above freezing, ground temperatures are still below freezing, around 28 degrees, so there is still ice on the roads in places,” cautioned Roxanne Thomas, Street Maintenance Manager. “Also, temperatures sometimes dip a few degrees lower around dawn, so we continue to monitor carefully.”

A tanker truck is treating the Alaskan Way Viaduct and the West Seattle high-rise bridge with another dose of de-icer product. Ten trucks will patrol Seattle streets through the morning commute. SDOT crews who have worked long hours over the last several days are happy to see the weather turn the corner. The higher temperatures forecast for this week will return them to regular eight-hour shifts instead of up to 12-hour shifts.

Crews will be assigned to sweeping up excess sand over the next several days. Multi-purpose trucks fitted with plows and sanders for snow days will be converted back to their normal street maintenance functions. “The Pothole Rangers” will switch from sanding and plowing to responding to the surge in phone calls reporting potholes that typically result from freeze-thaw cycles.

“Water seeps under the pavement or into cracks in the pavement,” explained Thomas. “When it freezes, the water expands and can cause more cracking and pavement damage.”

To report potholes or other street condition emergencies within the city of Seattle, the public may call SDOT’s general information line at 206.684.7623, or call the 24-hour street maintenance office at 206.386.1218.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $8 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.

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