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Seattle deicer error made roadway slick, closed bridge

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:56 a.m. HST, Dec 11, 2013

SEATTLE » The Seattle Transportation Department admits it made a mistake with deicer that caused some accidents Dec. 2 and shut down the West Seattle Bridge.

Road maintenance manager Steve Pratt told a city council committee Tuesday they were trying to get ahead of anticipated freezing weather and Monday night football traffic when they sprayed magnesium chloride on the roadway that afternoon.

KIRO-FM reports it was too warm at the time — more than 40 degrees — and the operator mistakenly applied twice the recommend amount — 30 gallons per lane mile, instead of 15.

The result? Instead of preventing a slick roadway, the deicer created slippery pavement.

The department says the road crew will be trained to prevent making the same mistake again.

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serious wrote:
No one ever gets fired--unions--can't do it without an expensive court fight!! That's why Boeing is looking at the right to work states for their new assembly plant.
on December 11,2013 | 05:25AM
HanabataDays wrote:
AKA the "impossible to survive" states.
on December 11,2013 | 05:57AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Correct grammar would have spelled it de-icer and not deicer. On reading the headlines, I thought this story was about some new disease.
on December 11,2013 | 05:58AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
Maybe it's a by-product of living here in Hawaii, but I had no idea what the second word in the headline was until I started reading the article. Is that supposed to be hyphenated?
on December 11,2013 | 07:56AM
loquaciousone wrote:
It's a disease of the brain that affects cognitive thinking of SA writers and editors.
on December 11,2013 | 08:10AM
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