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Road Warrior trucks help keep our crews safe – but we need your help too

Posted 04/19/2024

Nick Bumgarner uses a lot of tools and experience when planning to keep everyone safe during roadwork. One of the most important – and most impressively named – is the Road Warrior.

Work starts at five locations along US 101 west of Lake Crescent

Posted 04/16/2024

FORKS – This summer, travelers will see one-way alternating traffic with temporary signals at six fish passage sites along US 101 in Jefferson and Clallam counties between Lake Crescent and Ruby Beach.

Applications are being accepted for FREE overnight high school transportation camps this summer

Posted 04/16/2024

Are you a high school student curious about how we decide where highways go, what we're doing to help the earth by reducing our carbon footprint or how we plan for the future of transportation while keeping people and goods moving? If so, we have a summer camp experience for you.

Meet Ashley Jackson: mom, wife, friend, traffic control supervisor

Posted 04/16/2024

Ashley Jackson has a message for drivers: Get off your phones while driving. Don't drink and drive. And, slow down and pay attention in work zones.

Months of delays coming to southwest Washington: I-5 bridge work near Woodland begins April 25

Posted 04/16/2024

WOODLAND – In the Pacific Northwest, spring and summer bring fair weather – which means construction season kicks off, and travelers can expect to encounter work zones popping up along their route.

CANCELED: SR 108 near Kamilche closes to all travelers May 6-20

Posted 04/15/2024

KAMILCHE – Travelers using a section of State Route 108 west of Kamilche are encouraged to plan for an extended around-the-clock closure.

Legal speed-limit reductions coming to northbound I-5 near Kent/Des Moines beginning April 17

Posted 04/15/2024

DES MOINES – Temporary reduced speeds allow crews to continue work on new Veterans Drive tunnel in I-5 median

Nighttime road crews recall multiple work zone crashes

Posted 04/12/2024

When the sun goes down and the evening commute wraps up, Joy Draper and his overnight maintenance crew get to work. Most nights you can find them fixing guardrail or cleaning drains on state highways in Pierce and Thurston counties.

Injured workers share their stories before National Work Zone Awareness Week begins April 15

Posted 04/11/2024

PORTLAND, Ore. and VANCOUVER, Wash. – After roadway work zone fatalities in Washington state doubled in 2023 from the previous year, transportation and law enforcement agencies from both sides of the Columbia River are coming together to renew their focus on driver safety in and around work zones.

Spokane River remains closed at Greene Street Bridge

Posted 04/11/2024

SPOKANE – Recreationalists will be unable to use the river in the vicinity of the Green Street Bridge due to construction and safety concerns.

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.