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Night groovin’ with accordions on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge

Posted 08/11/2022

Our crews recently worked on maintaining accordion joints on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. What are accordion joints? They are special devices that allow bridges to expand and contract with weather changes and seismic activity.

Yakama Nation Tribal Council signs resolution to support four roundabouts on US 97, SR 22 and SR 223

Posted 08/10/2022

The Yakama Nation Tribal Council signed a resolution for the Washington State Department of Transportation to move forward with building four roundabouts along US 97 and State Route 22 from Lateral A to State Route 223.

Help us plan for the six-day closure of the Lewis and Clark Bridge in 2023

Posted 08/09/2022

In 2023 the Lewis and Clark Bridge (also known as the Rainier Bridge) on State Route 433 between Longview, Washington and Rainier, Oregon will fully close for six days for repairs and preservation work. Before we close the bridge, we want to hear from those who may be affected most by this work to ask a few questions…

Work to open fish habitat in Purdy Creek under SR 16 and SR 302 begins this month

Posted 08/09/2022

PURDY – As early as Monday, Aug. 15, Kraemer North America crews, working for the Washington Department of Transportation, will begin work along State Route 16 near Purdy Creek. People traveling in the area will begin to see orange construction cones and work activity on the shoulders and median of SR 16, between the…

Revive I-5 work this weekend includes paving to remove the south end bumps

Posted 08/09/2022

This weekend's work on southbound I-5 in Seattle will be a bit different than what we've been doing this summer.

Changes ahead for northbound I-5 access to State Route 516 in Kent

Posted 08/08/2022

KENT – A change is in store for northbound Interstate 5 travelers exiting to westbound State Route 516/Kent-Des Moines Road. At approximately 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9, drivers will begin using a single off-ramp that exits to both eastbound and westbound SR 516.

Bridge deck preservation work begins next week throughout southwest Washington

Posted 08/05/2022

VANCOUVER – People embarking on end-of-summer road trips throughout southwest Washington will need to plan ahead as work to improve the surface of several bridges starts next week.

Construction on I-90 between North Bend and Ellensburg ramps up next week

Posted 08/04/2022

Cross-state travel is going to be challenging for people who use Interstate 90 between North Bend and Ellensburg starting next week. People need to anticipate delays and congestion, adjust travel times or consider alternate routes.

Long term closure of SR 302 at Little Minter Creek begins Aug. 11

Posted 08/04/2022

PURDY – At 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11, a 9-day closure of a section of State Route 302 at Little Minter Creek will begin.

Emergency projects wrapping up in Clallam County

Posted 08/03/2022

PORT ANGELES – It has been a busy summer construction season on the Olympic Peninsula as the effects of this past winter’s storms continue to linger on highways in Clallam County.

8,683 animals crossed the Snoqualmie Pass East Project area

as recorded by WSDOT and partners in 2020 and 2021.

46% increase in Amtrak Cascades ridership to 251,000 passengers

in 2021 compared to 172,000 in 2020.

Nine wetland and stream mitigation sites across 32.7 acres added

to our monitoring program in 2021 to help offset climate change impacts.