News Release

Grace Crunican, Director

Greg Nickels, Mayor

Contact: Rick Sheridan, 206.684.8540 For Immediate Release October 16, 2009

City to Hold Open Houses on New Snow Plan
SEATTLE – The city of Seattle will hold a series of community open houses on its new winter weather plan and preparations for the upcoming winter season. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) invites the public to attend to learn more about the plan and tips for being fully prepared for whatever winter brings our way. The schedule for the Winter Weather Open Houses will be as follows: • Tuesday, October 20, 7:00 p.m. – Jefferson Community Center • Wednesday, October 21, 7:00 p.m. – Delridge Community Center • Tuesday, October 27, 7:00 p.m. – Queen Anne Community Center • Wednesday, October 28, 3:00 p.m. – City Hall, Boards and Commissions Conference Room Released earlier this month, the new plan will facilitate a coordinated response that keeps buses moving and critical institutions accessible. Highlights of the plan include: • A new approach to snow that includes an expanded use of salt brine and salt, and limited use of sand; • Significant improvements to facilities and fleet to include GPS technology and weather awareness; • An improved organizational structure and significant training for winter storms; • A commitment to better communicate with the people of Seattle and agency partners; and • Performance measures to objectively evaluate accomplishments. For directions to the Winter Weather Open Houses or to learn more about the plan, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/winterweather.htm. The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $12 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region. ###

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