Emergency Management

Road condition update
Posted By Sheri Badger on Jan 16th, 2011 at 11:25 AM

To date, eight roadways are experiencing water-over-road conditions in central and east Pierce County. There is also a tree down in the Fife area, and Orting has requested a sand bagging machine. There are currently four tw0-person Pierce County road crews patrolling slide prone areas and responding to water-over-road calls.

The reported water-over-roadway areas are:

  • 66TH AVE E 
  • 158TH AVE E 
  • ENTWHISTLE RD E & MUNDY LOSS RD E
  • BUCKLEY-TAPPS HWY E & 238TH AVE E
  • 96TH ST E & 233RD AVE E Bonney Lake
  • 24702 54TH AVE E
  • MATHIAS RD E and 65th Ave E
  • MATHIAS RD E & 70TH AVE E
  • GRATZER RD E & GAY RD E
  • 3400 208TH ST E
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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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