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Search for missing plane and pilot concludes after discovery of aircraft wreckage near Humpback Mountain

Posted 05/20/2024

The search for a missing pilot concluded Monday, May 20 after the discovery of aircraft wreckage near Humpback Mountain, just west of Snoqualmie Pass. Ground search crews discovered the crash site around 1:30 p.m. The plane’s 69-year-old pilot, Jerry Riedinger was found deceased inside the plane located in a heavily…

WSDOT searching for missing plane near Snoqualmie Pass

Posted 05/19/2024

OLYMPIA - The Washington State Department of Transportation is searching for a missing plane in the vicinity of Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie Pass.

Stay Saddled Up for Bike Month 2024

Posted 05/17/2024

Gov. Jay Inslee officially designated May as Bike Month. People around the state are celebrating the humble bicycle by riding every chance they get.

New roundabout coming to SR 203 this summer will improve safety, mobility between Monroe, Duvall

Posted 05/16/2024

HIGH ROCK – Construction will begin in late May on a unique, exclamation point-shaped compact roundabout that will improve mobility and safety along State Route 203/Duvall-Monroe Road Northeast in the High Rock community.

Dedicated ferry lane coming to State Route 305 on Bainbridge Island

Posted 05/15/2024

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND – Travelers who drive onto the Bainbridge Island ferry will soon have a lane all to themselves on southbound State Route 305 approaching Winslow.

Pavement repair project will target damaged sections of SR 18 near Tiger Mountain summit

Posted 05/15/2024

KING COUNTY – The second phase of a regional pavement repair project beginning this spring will grind down damaged sections of State Route 18 between Issaquah-Hobart Road and Deep Creek and replace them with new asphalt.

Westbound SR 16 Tacoma Narrows Bridge reduced to two lanes for emergency repairs May 13

Posted 05/14/2024

UPDATE - There is good news for travelers who use the westbound State Route 16 Tacoma Narrows Bridge. During the morning of Thursday, May 16, Washington State Department of Transportation crews reopened all lanes across the bridge that takes travelers from Tacoma to Gig Harbor. The lane closures were in place to…

WSDOT travel charts are key to Memorial Day weekend adventures

Posted 05/14/2024

OLYMPIA – Memorial Day weekend is often the unofficial start of summer and planning ahead now is a great jumpstart to holiday travels. To help travel planning, the Washington State Department of Transportation has released travel charts for the holiday weekend.

US 2 trestle travelers in Snohomish County invited to learn about a new trestle study that also includes I-5

Posted 05/14/2024

Snohomish County – Those who travel on or near the US 2 trestle in Snohomish County, including people who drive, walk, bike, and roll, are invited to comment on the draft purpose and need statement for a new study of the trestle and a section of Interstate 5.

Future regional trail connecting Puyallup, Fife and Tacoma gets a name: spuyaləpabš Trail

Posted 05/14/2024

PIERCE COUNTY – The new name for a 12-mile trail in Pierce County will honor the people who have lived on and stewarded the land for centuries: the Puyallup People.

On Tuesday, May 14, the Washington State Department of Transportation announced the shared-use path will be called spuyaləpabš Trail.

Slow down – lives are on the line. 

In 2023, speeding continued to be a top reason for work zone crashes.

Even one life lost is too many.

Fatal work zone crashes doubled in 2023 - Washington had 10 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.