Emergency Management

Thanksgiving roads could include black ice
Posted By Sheri Badger on Nov 24th, 2010 at 3:27 PM

With temperatures staying well below freezing until Thursday, snow and ice will linger on roadways. Forecasts for Thanksgiving day predict rain by tomorrow afternoon. Rain falling on frozen pavement could lead to glaze-ice over the roadway, creating very slick driving conditions for several hours.

Drivers heading out for Thanksgiving should drive carefully and remember that glaze- or black-ice is difficult to spot until after you lose traction. On icy roads it is even more important to leave extra space between your car and others, and drive slowly. If you find yourself sliding:

• Take your foot off the gas pedal
• Don’t slam on the brakes
• Turn your wheel in the direction of the skid

As temperatures continue to rise, the pavement will thaw and by late afternoon rain could remove most of the ice and slush on the roads. Pierce County Public Works and Utilities road crews will continue plowing and applying anti-icer liquid through Thursday, hoping to return to normal maintenance activities by Friday afternoon.

Long range forecasts are for snow levels to recede to 1,000 feet and the lowlands to return to typical November weather. County road crews will restock supplies and make sure equipment is ready for the next severe weather event.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Bruce Wagner, road operations manager
bruce.wagner@co.pierce.wa.us

Debi Ross-San Soucie, public information officer
dross1@co.pierce.wa.us

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Weather continues to affect garbage and recycling
Posted By Sheri Badger on Nov 24th, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Solid waste collection companies serving Pierce County continue to have weather-related disruptions today. Roadside conditions make it impossible for some areas of the county to have normal curbside pickup. Garbage, recycling, and yard waste will not be collected on Thanksgiving (Thursday). Collection services for the remainder of the week are delayed one day.

American Disposal, DM Disposal, and Murrey’s Disposal customers
There will be no yard waste collection on Nov. 24. Customers may set out double the normal yard waste on their next scheduled collection day, Dec. 8.

Garbage will not be picked up in rural unincorporated areas near Orting, South Prairie, Summit area in Puyallup and Graham. Most other neighborhoods, including inside the City of Orting and South Prairie, will receive normal service today.

Customers whose normal garbage service was missed may set out additional materials next Wednesday, Dec. 1. Recycling customers may set out additional materials on Dec. 8.

For more information, please visit www.murreysdisposal.com or call 1-888-806-7048.

Lakewood Refuse, LeMay Enterprises, and Pierce County refuse customers
Except on Anderson Island, the company is returning to normal operations today. Customers on Anderson Island will not receive service today and may set out additional materials on their next scheduled collection day.

For more information, please visit www.lemayinc.com or call 253-537-8687.

University Place Refuse customers
The company is operating normally. Customers whose containers did not get picked up earlier in the week should leave their containers at the curb. U.P. Refuse plans to catch up with all routes by Saturday, Nov. 27.

For more information, please visit www.uprefuse.com or call 253-564-3212.

Tacoma and Ruston customers
Tacoma customers should call 253-591-5543 for more information. Ruston customers should call 253-732-6823.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Steve Wamback, solid waste administrator
steve.wamback@co.pierce.wa.us

Debi Ross-San Soucie, public information officer
dross1@co.pierce.wa.us

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Golf courses closures continue
Posted By Sheri Badger on Nov 24th, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Due to inclement weather, Pierce County’s Lake Spanaway and Fort Steilacoom golf courses and Chambers Bay are closed pending warmer temperatures and the snow melt.

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Road condition update
Posted By Sheri Badger on Nov 24th, 2010 at 3:17 PM

As of 4 a.m., all arterial lifeline routes were plowed and treated with salt and sand. Crews have made excellent progress over the last 24 hours in spite of the extreme cold temperatures. In all areas 500 ft. or below, roads were thoroughly plowed and treated. Over 50% of primary roads were returned to bare pavement and the balance were treated. When the sun comes up, the radiant heat will allow the chemical to perform and crews should be able to stay on track with the goal to achieve bare pavements on most primary arterial routes by the end of tonight’s shift.

Regional reports

Purdy/Gig Harbor – 90% bare pavement, 10% plowed and treated compact snow, shifted efforts to residential collector roads

Summit/Waller/Parkland/Lakewood – 50% bare pavement, 50% plowed and treated compact snow, shifted efforts to residential collector roads

South Hill/Frederickson/Graham/Spanaway – 50% bare pavement, 50% plowed and treated compact snow, shifted efforts to residential collector roads

Roy/McKenna – 50% bare pavement, 50% plowed and treated compact snow, shifted efforts to residential collector roads

Lake Tapps/Buckley – 70% bare pavement, 70% plowed and treated compact snow, shifted efforts to residential collector roads

Eatonville – 50% bare pavement, 50% plowed and treated compact snow, shifted efforts to residential collector roads

Ashford/Elbe/Greenwater – 90% compact snow

Only one road closure remains on county roads at 264th Street East, just west of Orville Road East. A tree is in the power lines; utility crews are on site.

WSDOT – Freeways and high volume highways are mostly bare, but many on and off ramps remain slick. Rural highways continue to experience compact snow and ice. City streets vary.

All primary arterials in Pierce County are in drivable condition. Because of extreme cold temperatures, many areas contain compact snow and ice. Speeds should be reduced (particularly near grades and intersections) and consequently drivers should expect a longer commute. In areas above 500 ft., the large volumes of snow accumulations continue to make driving on collector and residential roads very difficult. Because of the extreme cold, all pavements (even bare pavements) could experience a re-freeze. Drivers should reduce speed and use caution.

Driving conditions are significantly better this morning.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Bruce Wagner, Pierce County Public Works and Utilities, Road Operations Division Manager
bwagner@co.pierce.wa.us

Carol Mockridge, Pierce County communications
cmockri@co.pierce.wa.us

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Regular schedule today
Posted By Sheri Badger on Nov 24th, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Employees are encouraged to report for work at their regular time if that can be done safely.

As of 4 a.m. this morning, Public Works reports all county arterial lifeline routes are plowed and treated with salt and sand. WSDOT reports highways are mostly bare, but many on and off ramps remain slick. Neighborhood streets and arterials remain variable.

Drivers are advised to reduce speed and use caution.

– Carol Mockridge, Pierce County Communications
253-798-6228

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