Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A Word From The City of Spokane & WSDOT

The City of Spokane has just declared a "Condition Red" snow emergency, which means City crews will be plowing snow 24 hours a day, seven days a week until they can complete a full City plow, which includes removing snow from 967 miles of streets.

Today, crews are focusing on snow emergency routes and major arterials. Then, they will move to the secondary arterials, bus routes, and residential hills. If no more snow falls, crews will then begin plowing residential streets.

The Washington State Department of Transportation have all their trucks on the road as well but are urging drivers to be prepared by carrying chains, slowing down and giving yourself extra time to reach your destination. Slow down when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shady spots. These all have potential to develop black ice that makes driving hazardous.

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About SRTC

SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.