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12/27/12
A year of growth: One year of SR 520 tolling in the books

12/27/12
WSDOT’s 2013 construction season begins…now

12/25/12
US 2 reopened between Stevens Pass & Leavenworth

12/21/12
Experts confirm rebar provides pontoon structural capacity

12/21/12
Testing time for State Route 99 tunneling machine

12/20/12
Safety Rest Area upgraded at Snoqualmie summit

12/19/12
SR 520 closure Thursday night to ready highway for holiday travel

12/18/12
SODO overpass construction closes State Route 99 off-ramp this weekend

12/17/12
I-5 drivers could see first flakes overnight

12/16/12
Crews fight snow in the passes and prep for next round of wind in Puget Sound

12/14/12
Continued progress on SR 520 east approach bridge piers

12/13/12
Crews to smooth the edges of I-405 in Renton next week

12/11/12
SR 99 tunnel tolling committee meets Wednesday

12/11/12
Plan for two straight weekends of SR 99 lane and ramp closures near Seattle’s stadiums

12/10/12
SR 99 tunneling machine tweets her name: Bertha

12/07/12
Parking on highway to ski is illegal

12/05/12
Milepost 31 marks first anniversary, eyes a big 2013

12/03/12
WSDOT performance report takes to land, sea, air

12/03/12
State, business groups work to keep supplies moving during emergencies

11/28/12
70 aging bridges receive money for improvements

11/21/12
Washington’s 4-year program of transportation projects ready for review

11/21/12
Quality assurance program working as planned on pontoon project

11/20/12
SR 20/North Cascades Highway closed for winter

11/20/12
Train-disruption information available to travelers

11/19/12
Heavy rains, wind could snarl evening commute for Western Washington drivers

11/16/12
Leave more time for Thanksgiving table catch-up; know before you go

11/15/12
New lane stripes brighten highways across the state

11/14/12
SR 520 closure and Sounders playoff game could cause weekend backups

11/14/12
Major work continues on new SR 520 floating bridge

11/13/12
Interest exceeds capacity at state rail planning workshops

11/13/12
SR 99 tunnel tolling committee meets Wednesday

11/13/12
Avalanche risk and snow slides close Chinook and Cayuse passes for the year

11/09/12
Political signs near highways must be removed by Friday

11/09/12
SR 520 bridge pontoon videos, interviews and correspondence posted online

11/05/12
Commute-smart champs take a bow

11/04/12
Early morning tanker fire closes southbound I-5 in Federal Way

11/02/12
Seattle-area traffic cameras out of service overnight Nov. 2

10/31/12
SR 99 tunnel tolling committee meets Thursday

10/31/12
Winter travel laws take effect Nov. 1

10/26/12
Schedules adjusted for I-5 and I-90 express lanes

10/26/12
Seattle-area traffic cameras, flow map go dark Friday night

10/25/12
Estimate for SR 520 bridge program lowered by $522 million; $300 million federal loan finalized for next phase of construction

10/25/12
State seeks key ingredient for rail plan: public opinion

10/22/12
Crews preparing to finish work on Snoqualmie Pass as construction season winds down for winter

10/22/12
This fall’s big decision: what to name the world’s largest-diameter tunneling machine

10/22/12
Public invited to comment on changes coming to I-90 east of Snoqualmie Pass

10/19/12
Automated speed enforcement wraps up at Snoqualmie Pass

10/19/12
Winter driving coming, so get ready now

10/19/12
Major repairs planned for 3 miles of I-5 in south King County

10/18/12
WSDOT reports drivers may see delayed toll bills

10/16/12
Construction closes SR 520 until noon Sunday this weekend

10/16/12
Updated traffic and revenue for SR 167 HOT lanes and SR 520 show no shortage of driver demand

10/15/12
Crews to close road to Artist Point at Mount Baker

10/08/12
Point Defiance Bypass moves forward with completion of environmental study

10/05/12
Major 6-day lane closure over Snoqualmie Pass starts Oct. 14

10/02/12
City and county transportation projects shine as “best of the best”

10/02/12
Viaduct and Aurora Bridge closed October 6 and 7

10/01/12
Aurora Bridge earthquake work wraps up with final October push

10/01/12
First citations mailed to drivers caught speeding in I-90 work zone

09/28/12
New tool opens door to transportation-related jobs for small businesses

09/25/12
Final corner complete on Federal Way triangle project

09/21/12
WSDOT holds contractor to fire-safety requirements at Taylor Bridge

09/20/12
Tacoma Narrows Bridges appear melted in new Web maps

09/20/12
Last call for summer in Seattle means heavy traffic

09/19/12
Weekend-long SR 520 closure could slow traffic Sept. 21-24

09/18/12
SR 99 tunnel tolling committee meets Wednesday

09/17/12
Vehicle registration holds placed for some toll violators

09/15/12
New State Route 99 opens south of Seattle’s stadiums

09/14/12
Public invited to comment on SR 520 Seattle design report

09/12/12
Overnight SR 520 closure scheduled for Sept. 13

09/11/12
Weekend SR 99 closure to switch traffic to new lanes through SODO

09/10/12
Automated speed-enforcement cameras coming to Snoqualmie Pass

09/07/12
Brighter, tougher lane stripes coming to a highway near you

09/04/12
It’s okay to stare - WSDOT is preparing to make tunneling history

08/31/12
New hours for I-90 express lanes reflect efficiency

08/27/12
More drivers saw red in 2011 than in 2009

08/24/12
Small team of claims investigators saves taxpayers millions

08/22/12
WSDOT unveils revamped Gray Notebook

08/21/12
Volunteers needed for annual state bicycle and pedestrian count

08/17/12
New ramp meters to ease congestion on I-5 in south King County

08/13/12
3 fish-friendly culverts installed, 1 bridge demolished during weekend work

08/09/12
New website makes parking easier in Seattle’s waterfront and Pioneer Square neighborhoods

08/08/12
First new SR 520 pontoon en route to Ballard locks

08/08/12
Major construction means heavy congestion in Puget Sound Aug. 10-13

08/01/12
Tunnel-boring machine replica debuts at Milepost 31 in Seattle

08/03/12
Washington transportation projects awarded federal grants

07/31/12
Angels in the air mean traffic changes on the ground between Seattle and Bellevue

07/26/12
SR 520 pontoons to float out in Aberdeen July 30-31

07/25/12
Federal judge upholds WSDOT’s SR 520 environmental analysis

07/23/12
Construction, Torchlight Run to close parts of SR 99 this weekend

07/23/12
Drivers save time and money with automated I-5 express lanes

07/23/12
Second new flyover ramp opens at I-5/SR 18 interchange in Federal Way

07/23/12
Crews move mountains of snow to reopen Artist Point

07/20/12
First SR 520 pontoons to float in Tacoma Monday

07/18/12
Nighttime closures of southbound SR 99 for tunnel construction start this Sunday

07/18/12
New tools ease public reporting of access, ADA accommodation matters

07/18/12
WSDOT reaches settlement with toll vendor ETC

07/17/12
South-end viaduct replacement will wrap up one year early, on budget

07/16/12
SR 520 reopened after bridge inspection and construction

07/15/12
New ramps at I-5 and SR 18 let drivers ‘fly over’ congestion

07/13/12
Daytime lane closures planned July 17 on US 2 near Stevens Pass.

07/12/12
View SR 520 designs at July 16 open house in Seattle

07/11/12
Repair work starts July 23 on the US 395/SR20 Columbia River Bridge at Kettle Falls

07/10/12
It’s time for another weekend-long closure of the SR 520 bridge

07/10/12
Annual event brings 10,000 bike riders to Western Washington roadways

07/04/12
Updated drawspan rules keep SR 520 traffic moving during rush hour

06/29/12
State ferries on-time performance tops 98 percent

06/26/12
SR 99 tunnel tolling committee meets Wednesday

06/26/12
First SR 520 pontoon repairs successful, additional work needed

06/25/12
Newest and smallest ferry vessel named Sanpoil

06/22/12
Six months into SR 520 tolling: Traffic and revenue on track

06/22/12
Busy summer starts next week for SR 99 tunnel crews

06/19/12
Cantwell, Murray, McMorris Rodgers Announce $10 Million USDOT Grant for North Spokane Corridor

06/18/12
Weigh station innovations saving truckers time

06/15/12
Report: Freight haulers say congestion results in lost jobs

06/12/12
SR 520 design open house planned June 14 in Seattle

06/11/12
Gov. Gregoire awards students' top prize in statewide transportation art and essay contest

06/11/12
State funds available for freight rail projects that keep economy chugging with jobs, trade

06/08/12
Night and weekend closures next week for SR 99 tunnel work

06/08/12
Diplomas and dugouts: A busy weekend expected in Seattle

06/07/12
Roadway safety funding benefits 40 Washington cities

06/06/12
A boatload of dirt: Crews break ground on massive pit for SR 99 tunnel boring machine

06/04/12
WSDOT’s quarterly performance report shows Incident Response program making a difference

06/03/12
SR 520 reopened after weekend construction

05/30/12
Tolls increase July 1 on Tacoma Narrows and SR 520 bridges

05/30/12
West Coast Electric Highway Expands to Washington, Now Extends to Canadian Border

05/29/12
Overpass demolition, girder setting to close SR 520 bridge June 1-4

05/29/12
Crews lift Aurora Bridge for earthquake safety project

05/25/12
Chinook Pass opens in time for Memorial Day weekend

05/25/12
Washington No. 1 ‘Bicycle-Friendly State’ five years running

05/23/12
Secretary Hammond's statement regarding WSDOT's Drug and Alcohol Policy

05/22/12
WSDOT opens new Bellevue ramp ahead of schedule

05/21/12
Single-direction closures of SR 520 overnight May 22, 23 and 30

05/21/12
Know before you go: long weekend could mean long waits

05/18/12
Repair work to delay float-out of SR 520 bridge pontoons

05/16/12
SR 520 design open house planned May 19 in Seattle

05/15/12
SR 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct to close this weekend, May 18-21

05/10/12
SR 20 The North Cascades Highway reopened today at noon

05/03/12
A gift for the mom who has everything: free parking

05/03/12
SR 167 HOT Lanes celebrate four-year anniversary

05/02/12
Surplus properties go on the auction block

04/30/12
SR 99 tunnel construction brings big changes to Seattle’s downtown waterfront

04/30/12
New electronic information signs go live on I-90 near Bellevue

04/29/12
SR 520 reopened after weekend construction

04/25/12
New drawspan rules keep SR 520 peak traffic flowing

04/24/12
SR 520 bridge, highway closing April 27-30 for construction

04/18/12
Show your support for Washington’s road workers – Go Orange for Work Zone Safety

04/17/12
SR 99 tunnel tolling committee meets today

04/12/12
US 2 roundabout opens to traffic in Sultan

04/12/12
Southbound Aurora Avenue North back to normal, Broad Street ramp to close for 60 days

04/10/12
SR 520 design open house in Seattle April 12

04/10/12
WSDOT begins new toll enforcement program

04/05/12
SR 520 bridge construction brings changes on Lake Washington

04/05/12
All US 2 traffic funneled into one lane next week in Sultan, Index

04/03/12
SR 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct to close this weekend, April 6-9

04/02/12
Construction resumes on I-90 east of Snoqualmie Pass

03/29/12
Federal funds sought for emergency road repairs

03/29/12
US 2 reduced to one lane for five days next week in Sultan

03/27/12
Grant funding available for community projects that improve conditions for bicycling, walking

03/26/12
SR 520 floating bridge construction to begin on Lake Washington

03/22/12
North Cascades Highway clearing starts March 26

03/22/12
SR 520 open houses March 27 and 28

03/21/12
SR 520 toll rates to increase 2.5 percent in July

03/21/12
Studded tire deadline moved to April 16

03/20/12
SR 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct to close for two of next three weekends

03/20/12
State’s TIGER IV applications support increased mobility, travel choices and international trade

03/15/12
Federal Railroad Administration, WSDOT and Seattle kick off next phase of King Street Station restoration

03/15/12
Not Good to Go! yet? Your toll bill is in the mail

03/11/12
SR 520 bridge, highway reopened after construction, overpass demolition

03/10/12
Emergency repairs complete on SR 520 floating bridge

03/09/12
Emergency repairs continue on SR 520 floating bridge

03/08/12
Emergency repairs required for SR 520 floating bridge anchor cable connection

03/08/12
Crews push through deep snow to clear Cayuse Pass

03/06/12
Overpass demolition to close SR 520 bridge, highway

02/29/12
Long-term lane closure coming to southbound SR 99/Aurora Avenue North

02/29/12
Procession honoring fallen WSP Trooper Thursday

02/28/12
SR 99 tunnel tolling committee meets Wednesday

02/26/12
SR 520 weekend construction complete

02/24/12
Nighttime closures on I-5 in Federal Way wrap up this weekend

02/21/12
Construction closes SR 520 bridge, highway Feb. 24-27

02/21/12
Expert panel confirms viaduct replacement on schedule, on budget

02/11/12
New bridge girders installed over I-5 in Federal Way

02/10/12
Nighttime I-5 closures in Federal Way begin this weekend

02/01/12
Statewide meetings kick off disparity study

01/27/12
WSDOT identifies SR 520 toll billing issue

01/25/12
WSDOT seeking projects for the Safe Routes to School Program

01/24/12
SR 99 tunnel tolling committee meets Wednesday

01/19/12
Freezing temperatures continue overnight, falling trees keep roads closed in central Puget Sound tonight

01/19/12
WSDOT and WSP face challenging circumstances as they work to keep roadways open, passable

01/19/12
Road crews continue clearing roads of snow and storm debris

01/19/12
Entire state feeling impact from ice storm

01/18/12
Ice storm impacting travel; trees down on some roadways

01/18/12
Roadway warning from WSDOT: Watch for ice

01/18/12
Changes ahead for I-90 Express Lanes

01/17/12
Severe weather could mean treacherous road conditions

01/17/12
Tolling working again on SR 520 after electrical system repairs

01/17/12
Electrical problems prompt temporary shutdown of SR 520 toll equipment; bridge remains open to traffic

01/15/12
SR 520 weekend construction complete; highway remains closed as snow and ice removal continues

01/13/12
Decision time: Stock up, slow down for weekend storm

01/12/12
First toll bills sent to SR 520 Pay By Mail customers

01/10/12
SR 520 bridge, highway to close this weekend for construction

01/06/12
More drivers are returning to the State Route 520 floating bridge, a week after tolls began.

01/06/12
WSDOT selects Flatiron Constructors Inc. for I-405 improvement project

01/05/12
Drivers tweak commute times for tolled SR 520 bridge

01/04/12
Faster travel on tolled SR 520 bridge; I-90 sees typical traffic

01/04/12
Alaskan Way South drivers rerouted under viaduct for tunnel construction

01/03/12
Drivers find faster evening commute on SR 520

01/03/12
Tolling on 520: A new year, new commute

01/02/12
WSDOT urges commuters to prepare for first post-holiday commute with SR 520 tolls