Steep slopes slow street traction groove work in Seattle

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by TERESA YUAN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 6:56 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 27 at 9:36 AM

SEATTLE – Work to grind traction grooves on Seattle streets has hit a snag in two neighborhoods.

Contractors are using a large grinding truck to cut off bumps and grind grooves in the road. The goal of the project is to restore texture and create good traction for cars so drivers don't slip and slide during heavy rain, snow and ice.

A Seattle Department of Transportation contractor has finished a good portion of work in several neighborhoods, but its own heavy equipment can’t get the job done on the steep slopes of W. Dravus Street in Magnolia and SW Genesee and SW Charleston streets in West Seattle.

SDOT says the work is suspended until the contractor can solve the problem.

“It’s significantly less expensive than digging and rebuilding the roadway,” said Ben Hansen, SDOT Civil Engineer. “You have these heavy trucks, a lot of cars and buses driving on the street and the structure breaks down. Then, we end up having to rebuild the pavement,” said Ben Hansen, SDOT Civil Engineer.

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