Spiralling inflation and the current energy crisis have caused the Washington Highway Department to make reductions in it's border-to-border maintenance program. Maintenance crews now apply a skin patch (putting down oil and gravel for a short term pavement seal), roadways are closed for longer periods during periods of snowfall, and personnel are reduced whenever feasible. Other cost-reducing measures include the reduction of overhead freeway lighting, closing of some major rest areas and closing all minor rest areas during the winter, and using lightweight radio- equipped trucks and vehicles on reduced patrols. Energy conservation plans include the dropping of snow plows and hopper sander trucks when not needed. Except where heavy sanding is necessary, trucks will carry only partial loads. An effect is being made to develop a concise irrigation program to minimize landscape and rest area water requirements. Ditch operations will be performed to remove only material necessary to assure free drainage and maintenance of rock catchment basins. Modified snow clearing operations on multilane highways, reducing edge- stripe from 4 inches to 3 inches, and reducing repair and maintenance of guard rails are some other cost-saving measures.

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    Washington State Department of Highways

    Highway Administration Building
    Olympia, WA  United States  98501
  • Publication Date: 1975-2

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  • Accession Number: 00082998
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Created Date: Mar 26 1975 12:00AM