Seattle’s eco-friendly snow strategy…the city’s latest colossal failure
Posted by Liberty on December 23, 2008
“To hear the city’s spin, Seattle’s road crews are making ‘great progress’ in clearing the ice-caked streets.
But it turns out ‘plowed streets’ in Seattle actually means ‘snow-packed,’ as in there’s snow and ice left on major arterials by design.
‘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.'”
Seattle is fore-going the use of salt and de-icing chemicals over concerns of run-off. In a city of hills, they are deliberately transforming streets into ice rinks. Smart.
“The icy streets are the result of Seattle’s refusal to use salt, an effective ice-buster used by the state Department of Transportation and cities accustomed to dealing with heavy winter snows.
‘If we were using salt, you’d see patches of bare road because salt is very effective,’ Wiggins said. ‘We decided not to utilize salt because it’s not a healthy addition to Puget Sound.'”
Typical. Let’s risk human life instead.
“By ruling out salt and some of the chemicals routinely used by snowbound cities, Seattle has embraced a less-effective strategy for clearing roads, namely sand sprinkled on top of snowpack along major arterials, and a chemical de-icer that is effective when temperatures are below 32 degrees.
Seattle also equips its plows with rubber blades. That minimizes the damage to roads and manhole covers, but it doesn’t scrape off the ice, Wiggins said.”
Update 10:11 am:
In the article, the strategy is described as plowing “the roads enough for all-wheel and four-wheel-drive vehicles, or those with front-wheel drive cars as long as they are using chains.” Rush pointed out something ironic when he discussed this story. Liberals want to force us into tiny, gas-sipping, hybrid, alternative, green [insert politically correct buzzword here] vehicles. Where are the Smartcars and Prius’s today in Seattle?! Libs want to get rid of the popular, functional SUV’s and trucks [that Americans want and need] so that we may all comply with their environmental agenda . Meanwhile, Seattle, a bastion of liberal insanity, is paralyzed by snow and their own incompetence.