Snowstorm causes major headaches for King County road crews

January 18, 2012

NEW — 3:15 p.m. Jan. 18, 2012

The snowstorm pummeling the Puget Sound region is causing transportation headaches across King County, officials said Wednesday afternoon as road crews attempted to keep major arteries open to traffic.

Officials said no county road is escaping the impact of the latest winter storm.

County Road Services Division crews reported hazardous driving conditions along and several road closures across the region. The county focused mostly on plowing and sanding along the major roadways throughout the county, such as Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast.

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Public works plowing priority 1, 2 streets

January 18, 2012

NEW — 9:15 a.m. Jan. 18, 2012

As state transportation officials urge residents to use caution or stay off roads entirely today as snow coated local arteries, the city of Newcastle will have limited staffing today.

The Public Works Department is working to plow priority 1 and priority 2 streets today.

To view the city’s snow and ice priority route map, go to http://www.ci.newcastle.wa.us/documents/SnowIce_8.5×112011.pdf.

Waste Management will not service any routes today in Newcastle. It will collect up to twice your regular amount of recycling, garbage and food and yard waste on your next regular service day.

Weather conditions left roads treacherous, and the state Department of Transportation reminded motorists to prepare for hazardous conditions on interstate highways and secondary roads, and possible impassible conditions on outlying roadways.

The agency also encouraged people to avoid driving if possible.

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