Posts categorized under Winter Weather Archives - SDOT Blog

We filled 15,000 potholes in 2021, but winter storms are wreaking havoc on our roads. Thank you for your patience as we work to fix the new potholes.

SDOT crews work year-round to fill potholes. In 2021, we filled over 15,000 potholes. Winter storms cause substantial damage to our roads and cause previously filled potholes to reappear throughout Seattle. After it rains or snows, we typically receive a surge of requests to fill them, which we track and… [ Keep reading ]

We responded quickly to landslides in West Seattle to ensure public safety and restore a key travel route along Highland Park Way SW

Editor’s Note (January 13, 4:05 p.m.): Highland Park Way SW has been fully re-opened; currently all travel lanes are open. You can also visit our @SDOTtraffic Twitter account anytime for the latest traffic updates and information. The recent sub-freezing temperatures in Seattle have bid us farewell for now, but wet… [ Keep reading ]

Heads up, travelers: Heavy rains, melting snow, and high winds are causing traffic disruptions across Seattle

Due to melting snow and heavy rain, we’re responding to flooding, landslides, downed trees, and power outages throughout Seattle, including West Seattle and South Park on the West Seattle Bridge detour routes. Look for fallen trees, flooding, landslides, power and traffic signal outages to affect commutes now through the weekend as we respond and clean up. Be safe out there. Street… [ Keep reading ]

Winter storm recap: How we responded in challenging conditions

Here at the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), we prepare year-round for all types of challenging weather conditions – from the record-breaking heatwave last summer reaching 108 degrees to the recent winter snowstorms and sub-freezing temperatures, which dropped into the teens – the coldest overnight lows we’ve seen in Seattle… [ Keep reading ]

Snow storm update: Where we stand as we head into the New Year weekend, plus a few important safety reminders

Since snow first arrived to the Seattle area over the December 25-26 weekend, our crews have been working tirelessly to help clear roads across the city and provide reliable access routes for transit and emergency services as part of our winter weather response plan. When another round of snow fell… [ Keep reading ]

Updated 1/4/2022: Winter weather status – How we’re responding to snow and ice, and resources to stay informed

Latest Update: 1/4/2022, 12:55 PM Weather Update: We continue to see winter weather in Seattle. Temperatures are low and fluctuating above and below freezing, creating ice on streets and sidewalks across the city as snow melts and then potentially turns into black ice. The National Weather Service website has the… [ Keep reading ]

We’re conducting a snow plow test run this week. Here’s how you can help us prepare for winter snow storms.

We are ready to respond to winter storms. On Thursday, December 9, we will hold a snow plow training exercise to test equipment and ensure that snow plow drivers are familiar with their routes. This training exercise is one example of the work that occurs year-round to prepare for winter… [ Keep reading ]

We resurfaced more than 200 blocks of city streets this year to help prolong their lifespan as part of our “Slurry Seal” program – check out the results!

Summary: Each year, our Slurry Seal program helps preserve and maintain street pavement across the city. The pandemic limited our capacity in the summer of 2020, so to help catch up, we completed resurfacing work in 3 neighborhoods this year, as compared to our typical 2 areas per year. This… [ Keep reading ]

Help protect first responders working in the roadway – learn more during Crash Responder Safety Week: November 8-14, 2021

_______ Summary: This week is Crash Responder Safety Week, a national initiative to raise awareness about first responders and the work they do in the roadway to support the safety of the traveling public. The safety week runs from November 8-14, 2021 – but the effort is critical to keep… [ Keep reading ]

Road closure updates following major windstorm in Seattle area

Please note: this blog has been updated as more information became available and crews worked to safely reopen key roadways and travel routes following the recent windstorm event. Last updated: 10:25 a.m. on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. UPDATE: The South Park Bridge and E Marginal Way S have been fully… [ Keep reading ]