Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Stevens Pass Open Again

If you hadn't heard yet, US 2 Stevens Pass reopened late yesterday afternoon after being closed for several days. Trees had built up a large amount of snow and ice, causing well over a hundred of them to fall onto the roadway. Warmer temperatures and less snowfall than expected yesterday caused the built up snow to fall to fall off the trees, removing the threat.

The Washington State Department of Transportation had planned today to see if helicopter 'backwash' could dislodge the snow but nature took care of it so that experiment has been cancelled.

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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.