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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.

Major improvements coming to US 2/97 and Easy Street intersection in Wenatchee

Posted 03/15/2023

WENATCHEEE – A project to improve mobility and safety at the US 2/97 intersection with Easy Street in Wenatchee will begin next month.

Travelers who use I-5 in Lewis County are invited to provide input using WSDOT’s online open house

Posted 03/15/2023

Future improvements and investments on Interstate 5 between the Harrison Avenue interchange in northern Lewis County and the Grand Mound interchange in southern Thurston County are the focus of an online open house.

Lane reduction on westbound SR 520 ramp to southbound I-5 in Seattle extending into 2024

Posted 03/13/2023

SEATTLE – As work continues on the new flyover ramp connecting the Eastside to downtown Seattle, two lane reductions will stay in place longer than planned to ensure safety and to aid continued progress on the project.

The lane reduction for westbound State Route 520 ramp to southbound Interstate 5 will…

WSDOT searching for missing plane in forest land near Queets

Posted 03/11/2023

The Washington State Department of Transportation is searching for a missing plane in rugged forest land near Queets that abruptly dropped off radar Monday evening.

SR 109 near Hoquiam to close around the clock for three weeks March 22

Posted 03/10/2023

HOQUIAM – On Wednesday, March 22 at 7 a.m., a section of SR 109 will fully close between Hoquiam and Grays Harbor City. Travelers will detour via Powell Road, Ocean Beach Road and US 101.

Public invited to learn about a roundabout planned for SR 507 near Yelm

Posted 03/09/2023

YELM – Beginning Thursday, March 9, community members can learn more about safety improvements in southeastern Thurston County on State Route 507 in an online open house.

Public invited to weigh in on future of SR 302 corridor in Mason and Pierce counties

Posted 03/06/2023

VICTOR – If you live, work or travel on State Route 302 in Mason or Pierce County, the Washington State Department of Transportation wants your feedback.

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.