4-mile, 5-hour closure, followup #2: SDOT’s response to councilmember’s questions; promise of ‘change in protocol’July 16, 2014 at 1:26 pm | In Transportation, West Seattle news | 12 Comments
There is an incident blocking all lanes of East Marginal Way SB just south of Spokane St. Use Alt routes pic.twitter.com/ivmFKEWfY9
— seattledot (@seattledot) June 10, 2014
(Above, SDOT tweet with traffic-cam screen grab shortly after crash happened)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Five weeks after the 5+-hour closure of a four-mile stretch of Highway 99 during a crash investigation, another city agency has answered City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen‘s questions about decisionmaking during the incident, which led to a domino-effect multi-neighborhood traffic jam.
Now, Rasmussen has received and shared the SDOT response, which defers in spots to SPD, and adds that city agencies are working on “protocols” for interdepartmental coordination in any such future incidents.
Since this response was made inline to his original note, we are publishing the entire document below:
SDOT’s Cheryl Swab also told Rasmussen, “We are participating in a citywide process to better coordinate efforts between SPD, SCL, SPU, SDOT, and Fire during incidents such as these. The EOC is assisting this discussion and we are hopeful it will lead to a change in protocol that allows for more information exchange between departments when a significant closure is needed. We will report back to you once this process is complete.”
Councilmember Rasmussen says he will be following that protocol-change process and will report to you and us when more information is available – we’ll track it as well.
Meanwhile, we are checking with SPD to see if the report on the original crash is available yet – sometimes it takes months before reports are complete on major crash investigations – so that we can find out whether charges were recommended against anyone.
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