YAKIMA, Wash-- We're going through a dry spell now, but that winter snow could come any day now. Is WSDOT ready for a winter blast?
The equipment and crew is ready. After a winter like last years the DOT is leaving nothing to chance. Footage of last years snowfall on I-90 is enough to scare anyone away from traveling the pass but, the DOT wants to assure you they're doing everything possible to keep travel safe and smooth.
Snow plows have been mounted to trucks and the regular crew size of 60 doubles for the winter to 120 people. Travelers can do their part as well to keep traffic flowing.
"About half the delay we have up on the pass is caused by traffic incidents, you know it's the spinout's and the accidents, that's about half of our closure time and delay so we're asking travelers to get ready too," said Don Whitehouse, regional administrator, WSDOT.
A great tool for travelers is the department of transportation's Web site: www.wsdot.wa.gov.
Whitehouse suggests checking the site for traveling conditions before getting on the road. The site includes roadway temps, forecasts and highway cameras so you can see current conditions.