by Van Helsing | December 24, 2008 11:21 am
Seattle moonbattery can be hazardous to your health, especially if you’re trying to drive through all this global warming. The moonbats running the city won’t use salt to keep its streets from turning into skating rinks, for fear it might end up in Puget Sound:
To hear the city’s spin, Seattle’s road crews are making “great progress” in clearing the ice-caked streets.
But it turns out “plowed streets” in Seattle actually means “snow-packed,” as in there’s snow and ice left on major arterials by design.
“We’re trying to create a hard-packed surface,” said Alex Wiggins, chief of staff for the Seattle Department of Transportation. “It doesn’t look like anything you’d find in Chicago or New York.”
The city’s approach means crews clear the roads enough for all-wheel and four-wheel-drive vehicles, or those with front-wheel drive cars as long as they are using chains, Wiggins said.
The icy streets are the result of Seattle’s refusal to use salt, an effective ice-buster used by the state Department of Transportation and cities accustomed to dealing with heavy winter snows.
“If we were using salt, you’d see patches of bare road because salt is very effective,” Wiggins said. “We decided not to utilize salt because it’s not a healthy addition to Puget Sound.”
Puget Sound, which branches off of the Pacific Ocean, consists of salt water.
As usual, the only ones to benefit from the moonbattery are criminals:
The city’s patrol cars are rear-wheel drive. And even with tire chains, officers are avoiding hills and responding on foot, according to a West Precinct officer.
Instead of salt, Seattle is using sand, which does not melt snow, but which does clog sewers. It also causes air pollution in the form of dust and runs into waterways. But at least it doesn’t get any salt in the salt water.
On tips from LT Nixon, MP, V the K, Burning Hot, and mandible claw. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.
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