Five Things - Spring 2013
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Rules of the Road Refresher
Our Transportation program strives to reduce congestion and improve safety. Below are some frequently overlooked rules of the road:Rules of the Road
- Left Turn on Red at One-Way Street: After coming to a complete stop at the intersection and waiting for a gap in traffic, you can turn left onto a one way street in the direction of the flow of traffic.
- Yield to Buses Pulling Into Traffic: Drivers are required to yield to buses that have signaled and are pulling back into traffic.
- Turn Into the Closest Lane: When turning onto a street with more than one lane, always turn into the lane closest to you.
- Do Not Change Lanes in Intersections: Wait to change lanes until you have completely cleared the intersection.
- At All-Way Stops, Yield to the Vehicle on Your Right: At an all-way stop, yield to the vehicle on the right. If you are preparing to turn left, yield to oncoming traffic. When a signal is not working and no one is directing traffic, treat the intersection as an all-way stop.
Help Us Help You
Here are some quick and easy tips to make sure your collection cart is emptied on time, and to ensure safety for you and your family:Collection Cart Tips
Make sure your carts are out by 6am. Routes for our drivers change, which means your pick-up time might vary.
Give your carts space. Carts should be three feet apart from each other, and should be given even more space when next to cars or basketball hoops.
Keep your carts off the sidewalks when possible.
Children love the big trucks, but please stay back 50 feet!
If you do have a broken cart, call Utilities at 360.753.8340 and we’ll get you a new cart free of charge.
We appreciate the things you do to make our day run smoothly!
These highly-trained community volunteers provide Thurston County residents with free on-site consultations to help solve drainage problems.They Advise On...
Strategies to amend soils to improve stormwater retention and increase treatment of pollutants.
Building rain gardens that manage stormwater on site.
Capturing rainwater to re-use around the yard.
Building pervious driveways, walkways and patios that allow stormwater to absorb back into the ground.
Strategies for minimizing yard chemicals to protect groundwater and surface waterways.
Green Roof installations to absorb stormwater.
If you are interested in a site visit from Stormwater Stewards, please contact Krista Elvey at Krista@nativeplantsalvage.org for more information and to receive a pre-consultation survey.
Saturday Drop-Off Site
Overflowing recycle Cart? Spring cleaning in your garden? The Sauturday Drop-Off Site is located behind our Maintenance Center at 1401 Eastside St SE. It is open from 9am to 2pm until November 23rd. Dropp off recycling and scrap metal for no charge and yard waster for a small fee. Learn more...
Pipe Repair Efficiencies
Our aging sewer and stormwater systems can be costly to repair. In order to reduce costs and impacts to residents, the City is utilizing a newer type of trenchless technology called "Cured-in-Place-Pipe repair. This lets us make repairs via manholes instead of digging a trench. Learn more...
For more information, helpful tips, and more visit our Find It, Fix It page