WSDOT asks drivers to always “know before you go” and get the most recent roadway information, winter-driving tips, car-preparation advice and information on the department’s winter driving Web page.
Here’s what drivers can do to prepare for wintry roadway conditions:
- Download, print and carry the WSDOT Winter Driving Guide.
- Download the WSDOT mobile app for smartphones.
- Sign up for news and social media tools, such as Twitter at www.wsdot.wa.gov/inform.
- Get your car ready and plan extra time to cross all mountain passes, including heavily-traveled routes such as Snoqualmie Pass, Stevens Pass and White Pass.
- Carry chains and know current traction and chain requirements. Mountain-pass traction and chain requirements are available on the WSDOT website, highway advisory signs and highway advisory radio.
- Preset 530 AM and 1610 AM on your vehicle’s radio before traveling.
Some vehicle manufacturers recommend against the use of tire chains. The Washington State Patrol provides a list of approved, alternative traction devices that are acceptable when chains or traction tires are required.
Studded tires are legal for use only between Nov. 1 and March 31 in Washington state. Motorists are encouraged to visit a tire dealer to learn more about tires that provide traction and are legal for year-round use.
The WSP also reminds all drivers and freight haulers that state law requires commercial vehicles and combinations of vehicles more than 10,000 pounds (GVW) rating to carry sufficient tire chains between Nov. 1 and April 1, including some larger passenger trucks, SUVs, recreational vehicles and trucks hauling trailers. Failing to carry chains could lead to a $124 fine for heavy-truck drivers.
When highway advisories call for chains, drivers who don’t chain up will face a $500 penalty. The WSP will have a special chain-emphasis patrol to ensure drivers are carrying the appropriate number of chains, including spares.
The Washington State Patrol is looking for a dark colored passenger car that was involved in a car vs. pedestrian hit and run collision that occurred just after 8pm on September 24, 2013. The collision took place on State Route 302 just south of 154th Street NW in Gig Harbor. The driver of the dark colored passenger car struck a pedestrian then fled the scene. The vehicle should have a broken right passenger side mirror and possible damage to the right front area of the vehicle.
If you have any information about this collision or know the possible whereabouts of the vehicle involved please call WSP Detectives at (253) 538-3174.
Motorists traveling through the area are directed onto a 10 mile detour that uses Brockdale Road, McReavy Road, Dalby Road and State Route 106. Only those residents who access their homes as far as East Purdy Cutoff Road/Skokomish Valley Road on the north end of the construction zone, or East Eagle Point Drive on the south end of the construction zone, are allowed beyond the detour points.
“We understand that the detour is inconvenient and that motorists are tempted to stay on US 101,” said Olympic Region Administrator Kevin Dayton. “But safety has to take precedence. I’m talking about the safety of both the motorists and construction crews. A lot of activity is going on out there, and the added hazard of unexpected traffic puts everyone at risk.”
More than 300 dump truck loads of soil are removed from the construction zone each night as crews work to stabilize a slide-prone hillside along Purdy Canyon. Throughout the project, crews will remove 76,000 cubic yards of soil as they carve a new face into the hillside.
Under a contract with WSDOT, state troopers will increase their presence through the remainder of the project, which is scheduled to last through November. “Fines can range up to several hundred dollars for driving through a work zone,” said WSP Captain Chris Old. “It’s both safer and cheaper to simply follow the detour signage.”
Between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day, one lane of traffic is allowed through the construction zone. A temporary signal is used to direct one-way traffic.
MONTESANO, Wash. – Two east county residents were killed on eastbound state Route 8 last night, about 10 miles east of McCleary.
State Patrol trooper Guy Gill said speed was a factor in the crash just after 6 p.m. that killed 19-year-old Craig Thiessen of Montesano, and his passenger, 19-year-old Alexis Guzman of McCleary.
Photos show the vehicle split in two after it left the road to the left fish tailed and swerved broadside into a tree. Gill said Thiessen was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected, both he and the McCleary woman were declared dead at the scene.
Washington DOT reports that eastbound state Route 8 traffic was impacted in the area for about 4 hours last night while WSP investigated.
Even in cases where the children were abducted by a family member, all were considered to be in danger based on the known criminal or drug history of their abductor.
Mark Allen, President and CEO of the Washington State Association of Broadcasters, said his member stations are proud to play a role in getting abducted children back to their families. Allen leads a committee of broadcasters, government officials and private industry officials who keep the AMBER Alert program running smoothly.
“The Members of the Washington AMBER Alert Advisory Committee have made important contributions to the development of our Statewide AMBER Alert Plan and each of the stakeholders is grateful that Washington AMBER Alerts have been extremely successful in reuniting children with their families.”
In Washington State, WSP maintains the statewide AMBER Alert plan, and there are nearly 200 local AMBER Alert plans developed by local and county law enforcement agencies. The State Patrol coordinates all alerts received from out-of- state.
Previous years activations in Washington State were eight during 2010, three during 2011, and nine in 2012.
Additional information on AMBER Alert can be found at http://www.missingkids.com/AMBER.
Information on Washington State AMBER Alert Plan can be found at http://www.wsp.wa.gov/crime/amber.htm.