News from the Metro King County Council
by Louise Miller, Woodinville, Council Vice-Chair
The recent cold snap and snowfall here glazed county roads with ice, leaving many residents homebound. Although a welcome diversion for the school children who stayed home for two "snow days," traveling was treacherous for many who had to venture out onto the roadways.
Kudos to the King County Department of Transportation, Road Services Division, for responding quickly, deploying sanders and snow plows along 20,000 lane miles of county road.
Crews began plowing and sanding on Friday, Jan. 26, and by Saturday, Jan. 27, all personnel were working 'round the clock to provide snow and ice control services. Twenty-four trucks were used to spread 18,000 tons of sand and 280 tons of salt on the county roads. The Road Services Division personnel also responded to more than 4,500 telephone calls from citizens.
Arterials and major thoroughfares were given top priority followed by neighborhood streets, according to the Snow and Ice Emergency Response Plan. In District 3, Woodinville-Duvall Road, Avondale Road, NE 175th, NE 128th Ave., and Novelty and Union Hill Roads received priority attention.
According to roads services supervisor George Dicks, many roads were sanded or plowed multiple times due to heavy layers of ice, especially in areas of higher elevation.
Thanks to all King County Department of Transportation personnel for their hard work and efforts!
Tragically, late on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 28, King County employee Roger Jacroux died of coronary failure while driving a sanding truck on Military Road S. Dan Forler, a co-worker who was with Roger, ably stopped the truck, called for medical assistance, and administered CPR until the aid unit arrived. Aid crews tried unsuccessfully to revive Roger. He was only 48 years old. The Road Services Division has lost a valued employee and friend.