According to King County Transportation, “This winter will bring new challenges for transportation in King County. In a countywide snow and ice event this winter, two-thirds fewer roads will be plowed than in past seasons. The likelihood that you could be snowbound or disconnected from the road network is greater this year than in years past.”
County road crews respond and treat unincorporated King County roads impacted by snow, ice, flood and wind events, including many in the Snoqualmie Valley, plowing and sanding all critical snow routes.
But that is changing this year. Declining property values have caused a dramatic reduction in tax revenue usually earmarked for roads. So with fewer resources, compounded by the rising cost of maintaining roads, King County has reduced road service levels in unincorporated county areas – and much of the Snoqualmie Valley lies in unincorporated King County.
What does it mean? Basically, that compared to just a few years ago when 30% of county-managed roads were maintained in big snow, ice, flood events, this year the county can only get to 10% of the road network.
What Snoqualmie Valley (Unincorporated) Roads will continue to be maintained this winter:
- Preston-Fall City Roads from I-90 to SR 202
- SE North Bend Way from I-90 to North Bend city limits
- 436th Ave SE/Cedar Falls Way from North Bend city limits up thru Wilderness Rim area
- Portion of Uplands Way SE
These roads are in addition to the main freeway arterials maintained during inclement weather and considered higher traveled roads leading to freeways and populated neighborhoods. Roads inside city limits are maintained by city road crews.
For more information visit the King County Transportation website page.