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A lot of road to cover: Help inform highway maintenance work through WSDOT online open house

Posted 03/30/2023

OLYMPIA – People who use the state highway system, whether rolling or walking, are invited to provide feedback on their experiences by ranking their satisfaction and perceived highway maintenance priorities. The information gathered will help the agency identify improvements and maintenance needs for the next five…

Grays Harbor travelers on the road again after SR 109 reopens near Hoquiam

Posted 03/30/2023

HOQUIAM – Crews reopened State Route 109 on Thursday, March 30, following a project to stabilize the hillside above the highway.

Slide repairs scheduled on US 12 near Aberdeen

Posted 03/30/2023

ABERDEEN – As early as Monday, April 3, the right lane of US 12 will close during the day between Schrader Lane and Holbrook Lane east of Aberdeen. Contractor crews will make emergency repairs to the shoulder and embankment following a slide that happened in late December 2022. Crews expect to complete the repairs…

Westbound I-90 lane reductions east of Issaquah start Sunday night, April 9

Posted 03/30/2023

ISSAQUAH – Multi-day lane reductions will return to Interstate 90 between Preston and Issaquah starting Sunday night, April 9. The interstate will be reduced to one lane, 24 hours a day, a total of eight times this spring - six westbound and two eastbound.

Two lanes of US 101 west of Port Angeles back open after completion of fish habitat restoration project

Posted 03/30/2023

PORT ANGELES – Traffic is flowing simultaneously in both directions again on US 101 west of Port Angeles. Fish also have more room to swim in Indian Creek with the recent completion of a fish barrier removal project.

Fish in Purdy Creek will ‘just keep swimming’ after habitat improvements under the SR 302 Spur

Posted 03/27/2023

PURDY – On Sunday, April 2 at 5 a.m., contractor crews will close the State Route 302 Spur between Purdy Lane Northwest and 144th Street Northwest. All travelers will detour via Purdy Lane Northwest and 144th Street Northwest for up to eight months. During the closure, crews will build a bridge to replace a culvert…

Deadline to remove studded tires in Washington is March 31

Posted 03/23/2023

OLYMPIA – Spring is here, and with it – the deadline to remove studded tires before end of day Friday, March 31.

WSDOT suspends search for missing Tacoma pilot near Queets

Posted 03/20/2023

OLYMPIA - The Washington State Department of Transportation on Monday, March 20, called off the search for a missing 2006 Cessna T182 Turbo Skylane. The plane was piloted by Rod Collen on Monday, March 6, who departed from the Tacoma Narrows Airport at 5:35 p.m., fell off radar abruptly a few minutes later and has not…

New plans for the future of travel on SR 167

Posted 03/20/2023

KENT – The future of State Route 167 is beginning to take shape. In 2022, community members contributed ideas to improve the movement of people and goods along SR 167. The public is now invited to learn how the Washington State Department of Transportation used that feedback to shape plans and identify future…

Daytime traffic delays coming for travelers on SR 202 near Fall City

Posted 03/17/2023

FALL CITY – Over the next few weeks, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will work to improve stormwater drainage along State Route 202. This work will focus on two areas near the 292nd Avenue Southeast and Southeast Fish Hatchery Road intersections with SR 202.

Slow down – lives are on the line.

In 2022, speeding continued to be a top reason for work zone crashes.

Even one life lost is too many.

Each year about 670 people are killed nationally in highway work zones. In 2022, Washington had six fatal work zone crashes on state roads.

It's in EVERYONE’S best interest.

95% of people hurt in work zones are drivers, their passengers or passing pedestrians, not just our road crews.