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December 2, 2013 at 1:32 PM

West Seattle Bridge reopens after de-icer caused crashes

UPDATED 4:20 P.M |  The West Seattle Bridge reopened this afternoon, following nearby crashes that were blamed by police on road de-icer. Three cars spun out on the curve next to the Nucor steel mill, where eastbound traffic turns downhill toward the high bridge, said Steve Pratt, road-maintenance director for the Seattle Department of Transportation. The crashes happened shortly after…


Comments | More in The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: ice, sdot, Seattle Police Deepartment

January 14, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Edmonds climber dies in Grant County fall

An Edmonds man was killed in a 150-foot fall from a rock cliff in Grant County Sunday. Grant County Coroner Craig Morrison identified the victim Monday as Robert Andrew Prosser, 60. Morrison said Prosser and a companion had come to a canyon about nine miles north of Coulee City to do ice-climbing on sheer canyon walls that are…


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January 13, 2013 at 5:51 AM

Beware of ice on lakes and ponds

Now that a genuine “Seattle freeze” has arrived, Kent Fire Department Capt. Kyle Ohashi offers survival tips for people who find themselves attracted to frosty lakes and ponds. Lesson one is, don’t walk out on them, because the ice likely won’t support the weight of a human being.  Pets can go out farther than their owners, who…


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January 16, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Snow brings tenfold increase in car crashes

If you’re looking for proof that icy roads lead to fender benders, consider this: Washington State Patrol troopers responded to about 10 times more car collisions than usual this weekend. In all, troopers filed reports on 553 crashes in King, Snohomish, Pierce, Thurston, Skagit, Whatcom and Island Counties counties on Saturday and Sunday, according to…


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January 16, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Main roads in relatively good shape for morning commute

While most major Puget Sound roadways were wet and bare during the early commute Monday morning, officials cautioned that there are some slick areas — especially on side streets and highway ramps, and on major roads through Everett and Marysville. A bigger concern for drivers may be the afternoon commute and conditions over the next few days, as much more…


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January 13, 2012 at 10:51 AM

City of Seattle gearing up for snow

Uh, oh, the city is preparing for snow this weekend. Does that mean it actually could snow? (Many of you would like that, based on our poll from yesterday.) This is from a statement put out by Marybeth Turner with Seattle’s Department of Transportation: The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will have Street Maintenance crews…


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November 9, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Break out the salt, it's La Nina time in Seattle

After being humbled by 2008 and 2010 road freezes that paralyzed the city’s transportation network, Seattle officials say they’ve learned some lessons for the expected heavy snows this winter. The city has bought magnesium chloride brine, which is supposed to melt ice at 5 degrees instead of at 20 degrees like last year’s sodium chloride. In…


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