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List of Criteria Before Closing a Highway

PASCO, Wash.- The Washington Department of Transportation almost shut down Highway-395 Monday night after at least ten accidents near Connell. 

The road might be totally clear, no ice, no snow, but it might surprise you to know that that's not the main factor officials look at before choosing to close a road like SR-395.

When the State Patrol and DOT get together to discuss whether to close a highway, the main factor they look at is whether an accident is blocking the road, and worker safety.

Often shutting the road down just creates more problems, they said.

The State Patrol says that Monday night, they'd have had to force traffic onto secondary roads and that would mean a second spot for accidents.