Final Road Update For Tuesday And Yes Everett Uses Salt On The Roads

February 5, 2019

Everett Government

9:00 PM Current Temperature is 25 degrees, this just in from the City of Everett.


Pecks and Evergreen Way as of 9 PM Tuesday from the City of Everett Traffic Camera Network

A final evening update from one of our streets maintenance supervisors: Between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. today, crews plowed 625 miles of roadway and put out 263 cubic yards of salt/sand. They treated almost all of the major and secondary arterials and responded to 81 of 84 service requests. Most of the main roads that saw sunlight today warmed enough that crews could plow and clear them. Sections of several major roads, including Evergreen, Everett Mall, 112th and Seaway, remained shaded and still have sections of compact snow and ice.

Crews also used the small window of sun to get into more residential streets, and the night crew will try to cover some of the other residential areas, in addition to continuing to treat the main arterials.

Temps will be low overnight, so please use caution if you are driving tomorrow morning. If you have concerns about a specific location, please call our Public Works dispatch at 425-257-8832 to share your observations.

**City facility updates** The Carl Gipson Senior Center will open on a 2-hour delay, at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow. We’ll post any other updates as we receive them, but please call ahead if you are unsure about a particular program or building.

snow removal

Photo courtesy Everett Public Works

5:30 PM Current Temperature is 30 degrees: Here is what we thought was our final update for the progress of snow removal on the streets of Everett, Washington for this Tuesday night as provided by Kathleen Baxter with Everett Public Works.

Public Works crews will be out overnight and into Wednesday morning, continuing to plow, spread sand and salt, and respond to service requests. Temperatures are expected to drop back into the teens overnight, and drivers should use caution and leave extra time for their morning commutes.

Street conditions as of 4 p.m., Feb. 5

Crews have been sanding and plowing all day, following the City’s Ice and Snow Removal Plan and focusing on hills. With road conditions changing in the afternoon sun, crews redoubled their efforts to clear arterials of slush before freezing temperatures return. Compact snow and ice remains on many roads, and some roads remain icy. Snowplows cannot plow compact snow and ice to the asphalt until heat from the sun and salt breaks it up, so streets may not look bare even when they have been plowed.

Crews primarily use a sand/salt mixture and sometimes a pure salt to treat roads, depending on conditions. Crews focus sanding in intersections, turns and on hills. When temperatures get warmer, crews will conduct an extensive street-sweeping operation to remove the sand.

What’s happening tonight

Public works will have a full crew out again to respond to service requests, plow where they can and spread sand and salt. Community members are asked to contact Public Works’ 24-hour dispatch at 425-257-8832 to share concerns about hazardous conditions at specific locations. Please note that the City does not clear snow from private property.

What to expect tomorrow morning

Temperatures are expected to drop below 20 degrees overnight and into Wednesday. Drivers should expect icy conditions Wednesday morning and use caution.

Everett Transit still has three routes on snow routes: Route 3 (Snow Route B), Route 8 (Snow Route A), and Route 29 (Snow Route A & B). Those routes will remain on snow routes through the morning commute. All other routes resumed regular service at noon Tuesday.

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