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Spring project will improve safety of guardrails and barriers in King, Snohomish and Whatcom counties

Posted 02/29/2024

SHORELINE – A project to update and improve the safety of 24 guardrails and barriers across King, Snohomish and Whatcom counties begins mid-March, adding energy-absorbing features to reduce the impacts of crashes.

Fish crossing ahead for US 101 south of Forks

Posted 02/29/2024

FORKS – The week of March 4, travelers will see one-way alternating traffic and a reduced 25 mph speed limit on US 101 at the Jefferson-Clallam county line.

Lifelong mariner to lead Washington State Ferries

Posted 02/29/2024

OLYMPIA – Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar announced today that Steve Nevey will serve as assistant secretary for the Washington State Ferries Division. A career mariner, Nevey progressed directly from high school to a maritime academy in the United Kingdom. For the past two years he has served as director of…

Take a look under the hood: Understanding the I-405 express toll lanes and SR 167 HOT lanes

Posted 02/29/2024

Changes are coming to the I-405 express toll lanes (ETLs) and SR 167 HOT lanes March 1, including new minimum and maximum toll rates and extended hours of operations.

Concrete milestones: Bridge girder setting in SeaTac will close I-5 overnight March 1 and 2

Posted 02/27/2024

Over the course of two nights in March, a whopping 1.9 million pounds worth of concrete will be hoisted over Interstate 5 as contractor crews build a new bridge in SeaTac as part of the State Route 509 Completion Project. Travelers will want to plan ahead for this work.

Work to repair damaged Lieser Road bridge over SR 14 in Vancouver begins in March

Posted 02/27/2024

VANCOUVER – For nearly 19 months, the Lieser Road overpass above State Route 14 in Vancouver has had shoulder closures in place, preventing access for those who walk, bike or use mobility devices – but these restrictions will soon come to an end.

Belfair: Public invited to learn more about SR 3 freight corridor construction

Posted 02/26/2024

BELFAIR – Community members are invited to participate in an online and/or in-person open house to learn more about a proposed new corridor between Kitsap and Mason counties.

Westbound I-82 near Wapato is open after embankment failure repairs

Posted 02/23/2024

WAPATO – Westbound Interstate 82 near Wapato opened to traffic on Saturday, Feb. 24. Travelers on westbound I-82 will experience minor delays for a single-lane closure to allow construction equipment to access the work zone. Eastbound I-82 repairs will take a bit longer and that section is tentatively scheduled to…

Two nights of single-lane traffic on I-5 in Tukwila; southbound on Friday Feb. 23; northbound Saturday

Posted 02/22/2024

TUKWILA – Both directions of Interstate 5 near Southcenter will be reduced to one lane from late evening to midday the following day this weekend in staggered emergency work to replace broken concrete panels. The southbound I-5 lane reduction will occur Friday night through Saturday morning; the northbound work will…

SR 520 across Lake Washington closes for weekend beginning Friday night, Feb. 23

Posted 02/21/2024

SEATTLE – Drivers traveling across Lake Washington should plan ahead for a weekend State Route 520 closure.

Slow down on ice and snow.

It's easier to skid or lose control traveling at higher speeds. Give yourself more time to stop.

Carry chains, practice installing them.

Winter conditions could mean chains are required on your route. Practice putting them on your vehicle ahead of time.

Pack your winter car kit.

Carry extra supplies like warm clothing, ice scraper and brush, jumper cables and other emergency items.