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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, November 30, 2006

City's snow response kicks into gear

After the first snow storm of the season, Bellevue plows cleared arterials and neighborhood routes, especially in the high elevations, Monday night and Tuesday. Streets in the Cougar Mountain and Village Park/Lakemont areas were treated to reduce ice accumulation.

City crews were prepared for another round of snow expected Wednesday night. .

You can learn details about the city's snow response and how you can prepare for snow by viewing the "Snow Response in Bellevue" video, accessible here. You can also see the latest snow routes map.

When snow and ice make many Bellevue streets treacherous, Bellevue Utilities crews work round the clock to plow and sand roads. Designated citywide and neighborhood priority routes are cleared first to accommodate fire, medical and police response, as well as transit, school buses and commuter traffic.

If snowfall is continuous, citywide and neighborhood priority streets may require repeated plowing and sanding. Once priority routes are clear, crews then work to clear other neighborhood streets.

Utilities doesn’t use salt on roads because many of Bellevue’s streams are salmon-bearing, and salt in the runoff can kill aquatic life. Traction sand is used sparingly and then swept up by street sweepers to limit runoff into streams and lakes. Crews may treat streets with calcium magnesium acetate, an environmentally friendly product that prevents ice from forming.

To report hazardous road conditions, call Utilities Maintenance and Operations at 425-452-7840.

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Bellevue Operations and Maintenance & 24-Hour Emergency Response
Bellevue, WA 98004
Phone: 425-452-7840
E-mail: OMSupport@bellevuewa.gov

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