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Online open house on US 101 improvements in Sequim begins Jan. 27

Posted 01/27/2022

SEQUIM – Community members can learn more about 14 potential improvements for US 101 on the east side of Sequim in an online open house.

US 12 emergency repairs begin Jan. 26 following regionwide flooding near Aberdeen

Posted 01/25/2022

With a much-needed break in weather, the Washington State Department of Transportation will begin efforts to stabilize a slope and clear a culvert under US 12 that was clogged by recent storms at milepost 4.6 near Aberdeen.

US 101 Indian Creek fish passage project west of Port Angeles begins Feb. 7

Posted 01/24/2022

An outdated culvert under US 101 at Indian Creek has impeded the movement of salmon and other fish from traveling upstream for years. Now a Washington State Department of Transportation project to replace that culvert will mean a lower speed limit and a temporary traffic signal about 10 miles west of Port Angeles.

2021 ferry ridership nears 75% of pre-pandemic levels

Posted 01/13/2022

SEATTLE – Annual ridership aboard Washington State Ferries rebounded from 2020 pandemic numbers by almost 3.3 million customers in 2021 to nearly 17.3 million. The arrival of COVID-19 vaccines and a boost in tourism are the main reasons for the system’s largest year-to-year ridership increase on record.

Contractor selection marks milestone for I-90/SR 18 interchange improvement project near North Bend

Posted 01/13/2022

NORTH BEND – The long-awaited improvement project at the interchange of Interstate 90 and State Route 18 is another step closer to reality following the selection of a contractor.

WSDOT seeks input on statewide Human Services Transportation Plan

Posted 01/12/2022

OLYMPIA – A group of transportation experts and providers, social services organizations, tribes and other stakeholders have worked together to over the past three years to update the Human Services Transportation Plan.

Extreme weather affecting highways across the state

Posted 01/07/2022

Rising floodwaters close Interstate 5 in Lewis County, mountain passes remain closed due to extreme winter weather and avalanche danger.

Expect over 10-mile backups for emergency roadway repair on northbound I-5 in DuPont

Posted 01/07/2022

DUPONT – Travelers heading north on Interstate 5 through DuPont in Pierce County will see long delays on overnight Saturday, Jan. 8 and through Sunday, Jan. 9.

Online open house for SR 702 and SR 507 roundabouts near JBLM and McKenna

Posted 01/05/2022

MCKENNA – Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 4, community members can learn more about safety improvements at three intersections on State Route 702 and SR 507 during an online open house.

Drivers on SR 169 near Black Diamond will move over to make room for fish

Posted 01/03/2022

BLACK DIAMOND – To give salmon a direct path upstream, people who drive on State Route 169 will need to make a slight detour starting Friday, Jan. 7. That’s when SR 169 will shift onto a temporary 1,000-foot-long bypass between Black Diamond and Maple Valley.

Traffic fatality crashes on Washington public roadways

increased 56% in March 2021 compared to March 2020.

11,906 incidents responded to

by WSDOT’s incident Response teams during the third quarter of 2021, nearly 6% more than same quarter in 2020.

WSF ridership was nearly 5.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2022,

which was 1.6 million (38.3%) higher than the corresponding quarter in FY2021