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Washington authorities clear snowy roads after weekend blizzard

Authorities worked to clear snow from roads near Waterville, Washington, on February 10 after blizzards buffeted the state. This footage shows clearance operations on the US 2 highway, where one driver had to be rescued.
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Authorities worked to clear snow from roads near Waterville, Washington, on February 10 after blizzards buffeted the state. This footage shows clearance operations on the US 2 highway, where one driver had to be rescued.

Travel remained challenging in the greater Tacoma area Monday as new snow fell. Here’s a roundup of what’s happening:

Pierce County road crews said they were temporarily switching from plowing roads to dealing with drainage problems and localized flooding caused by melting snow and ice.

Tacoma’s Street Operations Division continued to have full crews on snow routes and planned to maintain snow operations throughout the storm events. During these events, crews plow and de-ice streets on a priority level, beginning with primary arterial streets, followed by secondary and auxiliary routes.

The time required to clear these routes depends on storm intensity and severity. City crews do not plow or de-ice residential streets.

Check with Tacoma’s inclement weather website to see what is getting plowed. The site lists the following roads as closed:

East Fairbanks Street from M St to Portland Avenue

McMurray Rd from Marine View Drive to Browns Point Blvd S

Delin St at C St, D St and Fawcett Ave, south side

S 28th Street at Pacific Ave on the west side

Baker St from Fawcett Avenue to St Helens Ave

Division Ave from Tacoma Ave to Stadium Way

S 4th from Fawcett Ave to Stadium Way

S 30th St from Pacific Ave to D St

S 64th St from Tacoma Mall Blvd to Wapato St

S 64th St from M St to Sheridan St

E Valley View Terrace from East L: St to McKinley Road

Browning Road from Grandview Ave to Pioneer Way

East Fairbanks St from T St to Roosevelt Ave

33rd ST NE - 44th Ave NE to Browns Point Blvd NE

Shorecliff Dr NE Browns Point Blvd NE to BPB (loop)

N Prospect N11th - N 12th

N 41st St. N Bennett St to N Baltimore St

Norpoint Way NE & Dumas Circle - west entrance

N 36th St. Ruston Way to N Proctor (includes N Lawrence St and Alder way).

Sound Transit’s light rail was operating on a regular schedule, but the agency warned of possible delays on Sounder commuter rail and express buses, which were operating on snow routes.

Pierce Transit had some buses operating on regular routes, some on snow routes and some on modified snow routes.

Regular routes are 52, 54, 55, 202, 206, 409, 497.

Snow routes: 10, 53, 100, 212, 214, 402, 425.

Modified routes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 11, 13, 16, 28, 41, 42, 45, 48, 57, 102, 400, 500, 501.

“Also, for riders in downtown Tacoma, watch for a marked Pierce Transit shuttle van to pick you up and take you to your bus,” the agency reported on its website. “We are working to keep buses off the hills.”

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