The Wenatchee World

Weather:

Weather

The latest extended forecast from The Weather Channel

Remove this weather forecast

Overnight

Lo74° Mostly Clear

Sunday

Hi98° Hot

Sunday Night

Lo72° Clear

Monday

Hi99° Hot

Monday Night

Lo72° Mostly Clear

Tuesday

Hi100° Hot

Tuesday Night

Lo75° Mostly Clear

Wednesday

Hi100° Hot

Wednesday Night

Lo73° Mostly Clear

Thursday

Hi99° Hot

Studs grind away

Send to Kindle
Print This

If you haven’t switched out your studded snow tires, you are late. The deadline was April 1. Of course, that deadline is too late to avoid the $17.8 million to $124 million in damage that studded tires inflict on Washington highways ... every year. You can stand on any busy street corner in mid-winter and hear them grinding on the iceless pavement. You can see the result.

This has been a long-standing issue, because technology has made studded tires increasingly pointless, and the deteriorating state of our highways makes their destruction all the more costly. Bills in the Legislature to require a studded tire license fee to offset this expense, although more than fair, go nowhere. There is a brief hearing in the Transportation Committee before they are forgotten. The emotional attachment to steel spikes is strong.

View my options or Sign in