Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Welcome to the new WSDOT blog

It was just a week ago that WSDOT was at the center of a Puget Sound regional debate about how our agency managed the state highways during a furious fall snow storm. We received dozens and dozens of e-mails, letters and phone calls from frustrated drivers wanting to know what we did and why we did it. This blog was born out of our effort to try and share some of that dialogue with others who may feel the same way.

We have, as of Wednesday, Dec. 6, received more than 70 comments in response to our first blog posting, which simply asked, "Tell us how we did?" We owe it to you to analyze those postings and report back on what we can do with the great ideas you shared in those comments. As one writer commented, "Too much compassion, not enough action. The 'compassionate' and long-winded response by WSDOT was all very well and good, but the bottom line is we need action." Point taken. We'll post the results of that analysis next week.

Meanwhile, this blog will live on. We like the feel of it. It's a little more casual and a lot less bureaucratic. There is not a lot of interest in fancy titles here. We'll have experts share their thoughts and ideas on particular topics, of course. But don't expect somber descriptions of cardboard policy.

Instead, we plan to share some of the stories of the people and the programs that make WSDOT a vibrant and interesting organization. Through this conversation, we hope you'll see a group of citizens just like you, working to make this a better place to live, work and do business.

I'll be one of your hosts. As one of the agency's public information officers, I am fortunate to hear a lot of interesting stories. As a former journalist, I hope I can present these stories in a way that will capture your imagination and keep you coming back. But I won't be the only one posting to the blog. As this project continues, more names and faces will be added to mix.

So again, welcome to the WSDOT blog. We are glad you stopped by.

Lloyd Brown


Anonymous said...

I think the WSDOT did an adequate job on Monday. People get frustrated with traffic and simply need to vent. WSDOT took that venting this time. It's easy to criticize but harder to solve. Thanks for your efforts WSDOT!

Anonymous said...

Why don't you folks check with a state that routinely deals with snow and ice during the winter months for an idea of material costs maintenance allocations, etc.
States, such as Minnesota, Wisconsin have the ice and cold along with snow butare more likely to have "dry" snow as apposed to the "wet" snow we get here. Having grown up in the midwest, that wet heavy stuff always seemed to fall around Chicago and South Bend, Indiana. Influenced by the waters of Lake Michigan that area always got "wet" snow when I was a kid.

Anonymous said...

How about a thread on what is going to happen with the viaduct...that ought to generate a few comments!

cc said...

Are you concerned at all with the eastern portion of this state? If so, check out the fatalities on Highway 195 between Lewiston, Idaho and Spokane, Wash. (All on the Washington side of the state line. There have been eight (8) since Sept. 5, 2006. That's too many in such a short period of time. That stretch of the highway is dangerous, winter, spring, summer and fall.

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