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Pay Stub

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We have a massive collection of pay stubs that need to find their owners. There is also a few checks that are waiting to be deposited. Please come in and collect anything you might have in the drawer to help make some space. We also have Christmas card for each employee to go with their pay stub from December 10th.

Washington Chains

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Chain-up or pay up this winter on Snoqualmie Pass

By Meagan Lott

‘Tis the time of year when holiday lights go up, Mariah Carey lets us know what she wants for Christmas, and snow falls on our mountain passes. And while snow can make for a beautiful sight, it can also make for challenging driving conditions.

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

Unfortunately, many drivers crossing snowy mountain passes either don’t carry chains despite it being required by law, or don’t put them on. For the past several years, more than half of the closures on I-90 Snoqualmie Pass have been due to vehicles ignoring a chain-up requirement and then getting 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 are working with the Washington State Patrol, which will be enforcing chain requirements during winter storms and inclement weather on Snoqualmie Pass. If you don’t chain-up, you will have to pay up. Ignoring the chain requirements could cost you $500. It’s a stiff penalty, but this is really important. When collisions block lanes on the pass, we have to close the roadway in order to get emergency personnel and tow trucks to the scene. This is much more challenging to do on a mountain pass highway than on a regular highway, and it can take hours. Not only does it take a long time, but it’s a huge inconvenience to the more than 30,000 vehicles that travel across Snoqualmie Pass every day.

So, this is a great time to remind you what the requirements are:

  • Vehicles weighing 10,000 pounds or greater – including some large SUVs and RVs – must install chains when traction tires are required.
  • All vehicles, except 4WD and AWD, must put on chains when tire chains are required. However, 4WD and AWD vehicles still need to carry chains in order to proceed across the pass. 
  • All vehicles including 4WD and AWD need to put on chains when chains are required on ALL vehicles.

What if your car has smaller wheel wells and can’t take chains? Or the manufacturer doesn’t recommend chains? Well, you are in luck. The State Patrol has compiled a list of approved alternatives you will need to use in place of chains. Not every “tire sock” chain alternative is approved as meeting our state standards, so check the WSP list before you make a purchase.

As always we have a great online toolkit to help prepare you for travel this winter as well as our communications tools to use before you head out the door or while you’re on the road:

So remember if you’re heading over Snoqualmie Pass this winter, make sure you and your vehicle are prepared to travel in the ice and snow and you understand and follow the chain requirements.

Early office closure

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Just a friendly reminder, the office will be closing at 3pm this Friday December 7th so that the office employees can get prepared for their annual Christmas gathering. You will still be able to reach your supervisors by cell phone if needed.

Thank you

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I wanted to thank every one for recording fuel properly on the fuel sheet as well as in the EROAD units. It helps tremendously with the fuel island being down to have everything recorded properly. We have a bit longer till our new fuel island will be up and running, so please continue to document fuel and enter into EROAD.

Pay stubs

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Just a friendly reminder to come collect your pay stubs that are sitting in the drawer in the office. We have some people with months of them that need to be picked up. Try to pick them up after each pay period, if you can. The drawer fills fast when they are forgotten.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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It is once again the time of year to look back at what we should be thankful for. Watching the news lets you know people here in the valley have a lot to be thankful for.

We do have to put up with a summer of smoke, but compared to what they are dealing with in California, I’ll take it. The misery and sorrow they must be going through is beyond what I can comprehend.

My wife Sheri and I, would like to take this time to wish each of you and your families, the best Thanksgiving ever. Please be safe and enjoy your days together.

Troy

ROAD CONDITIONS

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We do have Winter Driving Conditions at this time. You will find them in the Cascades and on Highway 97. You will want to drive with caution in shaded areas.

The Road Condition reports are presented by Bob Thomas Automotive Inc. You will be able to get more information there in just one click than from any other source. Get road conditions, and severe weather alerts. Find out if there is major construction, and be able to see webcams showing current conditions. You get all of that from just one click. Click the link in blue to reach the home page. From there scroll down to find the highway you are going to travel. https://www.rogueweather.com/southern-oregon-road-conditions

Clothing Donations

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Yesterday we posted about F.V. Martin doing a clothing donation to the victims of the Camp fire in California. In a very short amount of time, the drivers room was FILLED with donations. It is amazing to see the compassion when it is most needed. Donations are still being collected today and tomorrow morning. The shuttle will head down tomorrow afternoon. Again, thank you for the kindness everyone has shown to those in desperate need.