Emergency Management

Road crews ready to respond to windstorm
Posted By on Dec 11th, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Road crews ready to respond to windstorm
Dec. 11, 2014

Pierce County road crews are ready to respond to Thursday’s expected windstorm.

The area could see sustained winds of 20-40 miles per hour Thursday night, with gusts to 60 miles per hour. Windstorms can result in downed trees and debris on county roadways, downed stop and yield signs, traffic signal failures, and power outages and downed power lines.

“We could see significant and widespread tree damage that affects roads and utility lines,” said Bruce Wagner, Pierce County Public Works and Utilities road operations manager. “We will have a contingent of road crews working around the clock to manage life and safety needs, while the bulk of our crews will work during the daylight hours to remove tree debris.”

Pierce County road crews respond during a windstorm to remove downed, leaning or damaged trees and debris along county roads. Priority is given to major arterials and collectors, lifeline emergency routes, Pierce Transit and school bus snow routes, and access roads to highways, freeways, and park and ride lots.

The public can report downed tree or debris blocking the roadway 24 hours a day to the Public Works and Utilities Road Operations Division at www.piercecountywa.org/rfa or (253) 798-6000. The division maintains a map of roadway obstructions here.

Public Works and Utilities also replaces missing or downed stop and yield signs 24 hours a day. Call (253) 531-6990 to report a sign or traffic signal concern. Other types of signs, such as speed limit or street name signs, are replaced during regular business hours.

If a traffic signal is out, traffic should treat the intersection as a four-way stop. The public can report signal outages to (253) 531-6990.

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