October 31, 2012 at 8:13 AM
Soggy commute leaves motorists enduring a long drive to work
Wet weather, standing water and clumps of leaves on the roadways have left commuters plugging along at a snails-pace this morning.
It’s starting and stopping and very slow moving in many places, especially from Everett to Bellevue where the typical 44 minute commute has stretched to 106 minutes, says Washington State Department of Transportation spokesman Bart Treece.
Commuters heading from Lynnwood to Seattle should expect a 47 minute commute; the average is 32 minutes.
“It’s a little rough this morning,” Treece said. “On wet road, people drive differently. There’s a lot of water on the road, people are driving slower.”
“We’re seeing a lot of water, not an extraordinary amount of collisions, said Washington State Patrol Trooper Julie Judson. “There’s standing water in all of the dips and valleys,” she said of traffic in King County. “People are slowing down. The fastest moving vehicle is 60. They’re trying to make the proper adjustments.”
Trooper Keith Leary said that in Snohomish County motorists are also paying close attention to the road.
“The ones who are getting into crashes are following too close or driving too fast for conditions,” Leary said.
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