Chain-up or pay up this winter on Snoqualmie Pass

By Meagan Lott

‘Tis the time of yr when vacation lights move up, Mariah Carey shall we us recognize what she needs for Christmas, and snow falls on our mountain passes. And whereas snow could make for a pretty sight, it will probably also make for tough riding conditions.

That’s right, it’s time to damage out your tire chains!

Unfortunately, many drivers crossing snowy mountain passes both don’t hold chains regardless of it being required via means of law, or don’t placed them on. For the previous a number of years, extra than half of the closures on I-90 Snoqualmie Pass were as a result of automobiles ignoring a chain-up requirement after which coming into collisions and blocking lanes.
Chaining up when required on Snoqualmie Pass is vital for everyone’s safety, and failing to do so can result in a hefty fine.

This winter we're operating with the Washington State Patrol, which should be enforcing chain requirements throughout winter storms and inclement climate on Snoqualmie Pass. If you don’t chain-up, you may ought to pay up. Ignoring the chain requirements might price you $500. It’s a stiff penalty, but that is actually important. When collisions block lanes at the pass, we've to near the roadway so as to get emergency personnel and tow vans to the scene. This is a lot extra difficult to do on a mountain cross freeway than on a ordinary highway, and it may take hours. Not basically does it take a lengthy time, but it’s a vast inconvenience to the extra than 30,000 automobiles that journey throughout Snoqualmie Pass each day.

So, that is a nice time to remind you what the requirements are:

Vehicles weighing 10,000 kilos or higher – adding a few giant SUVs and RVs – ought to set up chains when traction tires are required.
All vehicles, until 4WD and AWD, ought to wear chains when tire chains are required. However, 4WD and AWD automobiles nonetheless want to hold chains so as to continue throughout the pass.
All automobiles adding 4WD and AWD want to wear chains when chains are required on ALL vehicles.

What in case your car has smaller wheel wells and can’t take chains? Or the brand doesn’t suggest chains? Well, you're in luck. The State Patrol has compiled a listing of accepted choices you may want to make use of in location of chains. Not each “tire sock” chain choice is accepted as assembly our state standards, so examine the WSP listing earlier than you make a purchase.

As at all times we've a nice on-line toolkit to assist train you for journey this winter as nicely as our communications instruments to make use of earlier than you head out the door or whereas you’re at the road:

Download the WSDOT cell app.
Follow our nearby and cross money owed on Twitter, the agency's Facebook web web website online and on-line journey alerts.
Sign up for e mail and/or textual content updates about street conditions – adding Snoqualmie Pass lengthen textual content alerts.
Check latest traction and chain requirements for mountain passes, which might be also reachable on highway-advisory indicators and highway-advisory radio and through means of calling 511.
Preset your radio to 530 AM and 1610 AM for our visitors news stations.

So count number if you’re heading over Snoqualmie Pass this winter, make certain you and your car are ready to journey within the ice and snow and also you realize and comply with the chain requirements.


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