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Dec. 29, 2008 at 1:10pm

Thanks Tacoma Streets Crews!

Sure, it's easy to complain about potholes or faded lane lines. In this recent blast of wintery weather, however, Tacoma's streets maintenance crews did one hell of a job. Most roads outside of neighborhoods were either clear, sanded or sprayed with de-icers without fail -- sometimes even prepped before snow hit. This morning street sweepers were combing those same streets to clear away sand which can cause traction problems if left alone.

Compared to our neighbor to the north Seattle it sounds like we faired pretty well while many of my friends up there had nothing but complaints for how the Emerald City dealt with a frosting of ice. Most even wondered if the city even owned any plows at all. So congrats Tacoma for handling a heck of a couple weeks with flying colors!

comments [21]  |  posted under public works, snow, streets, tacoma, winter


by Mandiferous on 12/29/2008 @ 1:16pm
I agree that the street crews did a pretty good job staying on top of things. I wonder if they have any kind of repair plan in place for weather like this. I mention it because if you looked at the piles of snow along the edges of streets, there were tons of "road turtles" mixed in with the plowed snow. I also noticed a lot more potholes in the roads after the thaw.

by scout on 12/29/2008 @ 1:29pm
I aqree they did a good job.

I encountered a new urban hazard when I ventured out in the snow-blanketed winter wonderland....falling off of (snow-covered) curbs!

by scout on 12/29/2008 @ 1:34pm
And no, I wasn't drinking

by scout on 12/29/2008 @ 1:34pm

by Heather on 12/29/2008 @ 1:51pm
Kudos to the garbage and recycle depts too! They were one day late last week and got right back on schedule.

by Jake on 12/29/2008 @ 1:54pm
If I remember right the city manager took a lot of crap after the snow storm a few years ago. So I am sure he made a plan after that storm that seemed to work out.

by jenyum on 12/29/2008 @ 2:10pm
Yeah, that storm two years ago shut down the city for a couple of weeks, and it was only an inch or two of snow.

by zastica on 12/29/2008 @ 3:33pm
Tacoma streets were vastly better than Seattle's.

by KevinFreitas on 12/29/2008 @ 5:38pm
This just in via email from The New Takhoman:

Pierce County spent nearly $1.5 million to keep roads clear of snow and ice during December. The Road Operations Division ramped up to 12-hour AM and PM shifts Dec. 12 and remained in a storm-response mode through Dec. 28.

The cost breakdown shows $681,372 for materials, $488,907 for labor and $293,583 for equipment. The per citizen cost was $2.

A total of 22,256 lane miles were plowed with numerous road sections receiving multiple passes by the plow and sand trucks. Crews applied 4,217 tons of sand and 3,160 tons of salt.

Road Operations Manager Bruce Wagner said post-storm flooding has been minimal and that fewer potholes developed following last week's freeze than expected.
Wow, them's impressive numbers. Well worth the cost, imho.

by Dave_L on 12/29/2008 @ 6:36pm
The only bad side-effect of the excellent plowing was that it made the snow too-deep in the parking strips in front of a few establishments. I spent a silly half-hour driving around trying to find a place I wouldn't get stuck at if I stopped. Not that they would have been bad places to get stuck at, and I'm not complaining, mind you.

by scout on 12/29/2008 @ 7:26pm
Dave L. sometimes you are verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry cryptic


by Dave_L on 12/30/2008 @ 12:02am
It was the library. Okay, it was the Jive and Top of Tacoma.

by scout on 12/30/2008 @ 12:41am
Dave L, I am stupefied by your social prowess, even during Tacoma's niveous tempest....

I, on the other hand, wallowed in Trader Joe's Mini Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups and read trashy novels.

by marumaruyopparai on 12/30/2008 @ 12:50am
. . .Tacoma's niveous tempest. . .

Great word!

by scout on 12/30/2008 @ 1:41am
Thank you. Are you really a round drunkard?

by scout on 12/30/2008 @ 1:42am
I guess it would actually be a really round (round, round) drunkard...

by fredo on 12/30/2008 @ 12:55pm
"...fewer potholes than expected."

Ride with me and I'll show you the potholes you can't find.

by marumaruyopparai on 12/30/2008 @ 2:09pm

Your cat must be very linguistically gifted.

marumaru is a prenominal adjective and adverb all in one. maru (丸) means circle or round. Marumaru (丸々) on the other hand can mean plump, rotund, chubby, completely, wholly, and entirely.

I guess I'm using it as a prenominal adjective here to suggest chubby drunkard. But I don't know if this could be considered natural Japanese, at least I've never witnessed these two words in combination prior to adopting it as a name.

by marumaruyopparai on 12/30/2008 @ 2:16pm

Oh, and in answer to your question: Yeah, I like beer, and I have the paunch to prove it.

by Dave_L on 12/30/2008 @ 3:09pm
Unfortunately, not quite true, Scout.
And I think the niveous Tempest was closed.
Meaning this kindly, Marumaruyopparai, are you gaijin (as it relates to either Japan or Tacoma)?
If a ship was named after you, would it be called Marumaruyopparai Maru?

by marumaruyopparai on 12/30/2008 @ 4:27pm

To your first question, affirmative to both. I'm in fact an Oregonian but originally from Alaska. I started an account on the feed after haunting RR Anderson's political blog for months after discovering it through the HFW.(I found The Robert "The Traveller" Hill coverage more entertaining than tv). I initially made the account only to interact with his blog, but through following his political coverage and the Chalk Off's online (I love the artwork) I inevtiably found myself commenting elsewhere (I find alot of Mofo from the Hood's commentary to be of unparalleled entertainment and educational value).

In answer to your second question: definitely yes. And now that you mention it, if I ever buy a boat, that is totally what I'm going to name it.


Although I have another home on the web I thought it might be nice to lead by example a bit and put this blog system up to the test myself.

So far, so good... Funny how I build web tools for other people that are far better than the one's I have setup over on KFnet.


Hey Clear Channel, Clean Up Your Crap!

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