SEATTLE – With forecasters predicting a winter of extreme storms, the City of Seattle says it is beefing up its snow and ice plan.
Street Maintenance Director Steve Pratt says there are 4 new plows and sanders, the capacity to store 3 times the amount of salt, the city’s main ice fighter, and the snow routes have been redrawn to add more than 20 additional miles of roadway which will be plowed.
Pratt says the focus will still remain on arterials, and neighborhood side streets and the people who live and work on them will be left to fend for themselves.
One major addition is a set of road temperature sensors which can alert dispatchers in real time when bridges and roads start to ice over.
“A lot of what we do in our business is to try and outguess Mother Nature,” Pratt said. “Sometimes Mother Nature wins and there is nothing we can do about it.”