Emergency Management

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

Public Works Road Operations continue to clear roads
Posted By on Nov 22nd, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Road conditions throughout Pierce County were light through the afternoon but severe weather has moved into the County over the last two hours. Currently all roads in Pierce County are affected by intense snowfall. As of 6 p.m. we were experiencing white out conditions in the Gig Harbor/Purdy area; heavy snow and strong winds in west and central county; heavy snow and lighter winds in east and south county; and approximately one foot of accumulations in the Ashford/Elbe area.

Snowfall intensities are severe enough that plow trucks are being assigned to drop back to the highest volume arterials in an effort to keep these roads drivable. Once snowfall intensities slow, routes will again be expanded to the full arterial/lifeline route list. Road Operations will keep all available resources focused on snow fighting until roads are returned to bare and wet condition.

We strongly recommend that citizens stay home and drive only if absolutely necessary until conditions improve. The threat of strong winds remains in place for the next several hours. No downed trees or wind related damage has been reported.

Morning conditions on county roads
Posted By Sheri Badger on Nov 22nd, 2010 at 11:36 AM

All county arterials and lifeline routes were treated with salt and sand, and 90% report bare and wet pavements. Residential roads and secondary collectors will likely be icy throughout the morning commute period.  Rural state highways and city roads that haven’t been treated will also be slick. Once drivers get to the primary county roads and state freeways, they should have a decent commute.

Commuters are advised to give themselves a little extra time for the drive in this morning, depending on where they are coming from. Temperatures  are forecast to stay near the freezing level all day today. The region may get another one to four inches of new snow, maybe more in east county, then bitter cold through Wednesday morning. County road crews are paying close attention to the threat of winds this afternoon. This could bring the potential for widespread tree damage and power outages.

 

CONTACT:Bruce Wagner, Pierce County Public Works and Utilities, Road Operations Division Manager 253-798-6051, (Cell) 253-377-7469 bwagner@co.pierce.wa.us

Shaw Road in Puyallup closed until further notice
Posted By Hunter George on Nov 16th, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Shaw Road between 15th Avenue SE and Highland Avenue in Puyallup has been closed for the safety of the public. Power lines and trees were blown down during the recent windstorm. The signal at Shaw Road and E. Pioneer is black.

PSE officials say it will take more than a day to do the work needed to repair the power lines. Motorists, please take precautions and follow road detour signs.

For more information, contact Glenda Carino, City of Puyallup public information officer, 253-770-3370.

Pierce County road closures
Posted By Sheri Badger on Jan 7th, 2009 at 6:54 AM

Tacoma, WA – January 07, 2009 – Due to water over the roadways, the following road closures are in effect: SR 161 in Pierce County is closed northbound at 224th St SR 162 at the Bowman Hilton Road Junction South Prairie Road at 162nd St. SR 165 from Ash St. to Church St. From milepost 16 to milepost 17 This list is not a complete list. For up-to-date road closures, please go to the Crisis Communications website and pull down ‘Road Closures.’