Seattle Won’t Use Salt On Snowy Roads – News Story – KIRO Seattle
“‘We’re trying to create a hard-packed surface,’ said Alex Wiggins, chief of staff for the Seattle Department of Transportation. ‘It doesn’t look like anything you’d find in Chicago or New York.'”
This is a rant.
And I’m going to grade Seattle’s response to the December 2008 storm.
I’ve lived in Seattle for almost nine years, and I love this place.
But these folks don’t know how to remove snow.
To be fair, the metro area doesn’t get a lot of snow.
But cripes, folks.
The Seattle Department of Transportation won’t use ice, because: “If we were using salt, you’d see patches of bare road because salt is very effective. “We decided not to utilize salt because it’s not a healthy addition to Puget Sound.”
So it’s healthy when hundreds of cars are running their engines for hours because highways are parking lots, because nobody can move on these crappy roads?
It’s healthy when half of metro buses cannot be used because the roads are so bad?
And many buses, complete with chains, got stuck and are now waiting to be fixed?
Seattle City fathers wanted everyone to stay home from work, but who in the Sam Hill can stay home for two weeks?
People were packed into buses like sardines as buses rocked back and forth over city streets packed with ice and snow. It was like going to work in a covered wagon.
Garbage can’t be picked up, people are streaming into area emergency rooms with ice-related accidents, and thousands of cars are going into repair shops.
Countless hours of work were lost by people lucky enough to be working, and many people (like me and my family) did Christmas shopping online because getting out was impossible and unhealthy.
I mean really, Seattle.
I believe that Seattle tried to save a few bucks by not buying and storing salt.
Salt is expensive to buy and store, apparently.
But the 22 snow plows that Seattle owns have been running day and night throughout these storms.
I wonder how much overtime is being paid to the workers running these vehicles?
My Dad used to have this friend, we’ll call him W, and my mom used to say W would drive fifty miles to save three cents on a can of peas.
That’s what Seattle has done by not using salt.
Finally, after days and days, most of the main streets are clear.
But walking in neighborhoods is like walking on jagged rocks.
Side roads are filled with snow and ice, and cars getting stuck is now the norm.
I mean really, Seattle, how much money did you save by not buying and storing salt?
My grade to the City of Seattle for this snow storm is a D, and I want to see your parents, in my office, next Monday morning at 9:00 a.m.
And plan on being in detention every day after school for the next six months.
I’m not a teacher.
But I am a voter, and I can’t wait for the next mayoral election.