City Hall limits staffing, road crews still working priority 1 and 2 streets

January 19, 2012

UPDATED — 1:55 p.m. Jan. 19, 2012

As most of Western Washington continues to dig out of hazardous conditions due to snow and ice, the city of Newcastle will again have limited staffing today.

The city is encouraging residents to call City Hall at 649-4444 to see if the services you need are available if you have questions.

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

Coal Creek Utility District’s business offices will close at 2 p.m. today due to inclement weather. CCUD will operate with limited emergency staff only. If you have a utility-related emergency, call 235-9200.

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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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Issaquah, Renton school districts cancel class for Jan. 18

January 17, 2012

NEW — 8:20 p.m. Jan. 17, 2012

Issaquah and Renton school district officials canceled classes Wednesday, as a snowstorm threatens to pound the region overnight.

The district announced the closure just after 8 p.m. Tuesday. Officials also canceled classes Tuesday, due to icy road conditions in the early morning hours. (Students did not attend classes Monday due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.)

School closures impact all district-related meetings and activities, including Headstart, school-age care and preschool.

The cancellation also means the finals schedule for Issaquah high school students is delayed further. Officials told students and parents to expected eNews updates about high school schedules soon.

Renton officials encourage administrative staff to check for morning reports of administrative office closures.

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Snow alters Metro Transit, Sound Transit routes for Wednesday

January 17, 2012

NEW — 7:15 p.m. Jan. 17, 2012

The snow-laden forecast prompted King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit to roll out altered schedules and routes Wednesday due to winter weather.

Sound Transit is remaining on snow alert throughout the workweek. Service could be affected due to weather and road conditions, so riders should be prepared for service delays or disruptions. Some buses have also been equipped with chains and must travel at slower speeds.

Metro Transit is keeping buses on snow routing until future notice. The agency is also planning on canceling up to 30 bus routes Wednesday morning due to the snowstorm’s predicted severity.

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City Council, Planning Commission meetings cancelled due to weather concerns

January 17, 2012

NEW — 4:55 p.m. Jan. 17, 2012

The Newcastle City Council’s regularly scheduled meeting tonight has been cancelled and rescheduled for 9 a.m. Jan. 20 at The Golf Club at Newcastle due to concerns about severe winter weather.

The City Council will hold an annual retreat during that time which is free and open to the public.

The Newcastle Planning Commission’s meeting scheduled for Jan. 18 has also been cancelled due to the weather, and a new date has not yet been determined.

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Issaquah, Renton district schools to open late Jan. 17

January 16, 2012

UPDATED — 8:55 p.m. Jan. 16, 2011

The Issaquah and Renton  school districts have announced they will open two hours late and 90 minutes late, respectively, on Jan. 17 due to winter weather conditions.

Buses in the Issaquah district will operate on snow routes effective until 1 p.m. Jan. 17.

Go to www.issaquah.wednet.edu/documents/emrg.pdf to view the district’s Emergency Transportation Brochure to see where snow bus stops are located. Students will be returned to the same bus stop where they were picked up in the morning regardless of after-school road conditions, according to the district.

Before school activities including school-age care, Headstart, a.m. and p.m. preschool, a.m. and p.m. kindergarten and out of district routes  are cancelled Jan. 17 in all Issaquah schools. Full day kindergarten will start two hours late.

The Renton School District will have limited transportation all day, and no a.m. kindergarten will be held. Zero hour classes at Hazen High School and Early Childhood Programs throughout the district have been cancelled.

Metro Transit will use snow routes Tuesday

January 16, 2012

NEW — 4:55 p.m. Jan. 16, 2011

King County Metro Transit will remain on snow routing countywide overnight and Jan. 17. In a statement released today, Metro Transit said there could be some bus trips or routes cancelled on Tuesday with more snowfall in the forecast. Conditions could also change throughout the day on Tuesday depending on the timing and location of the snowfall.

Before traveling, riders should check snow page before leaving. Updates to the online information begin as early as 4 a.m. and continue as needed until travel conditions improve. Sign up for Transit Alerts so you can be alerted when bus service status changes.

Metro Transit warns that even though weather and road conditions in the morning may not be bad in one area, delays and service disruptions can occur in other parts of the county that affects bus service. Buses will also be chained, which means they have to travel at slower speeds.

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Snow 2012

January 16, 2012

Waste Management routes delayed due to weather conditions

January 16, 2012

NEW — 11:15 a.m., Jan. 16, 2011

All residential and commercial recycling and garbage routes through Waste Management are running today but are delayed by approximately two hours. Waste Management will not be collecting any yard waste or organics in Newcastle, Renton and Burien.

Waste management asks residents to leave containers out until 5 p.m. If service is postponed, the company will post updates on its website and call customers as needed.

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