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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.

State ferries to host virtual community meetings

Posted 12/21/2021

SEATTLE – Commuters, occasional riders and community members are invited to attend Washington State Ferries’ upcoming virtual community meetings designed to provide updates and answer questions about the ferry system.

Salmon now swim freely under US 101 at Bagley and Siebert Creeks in Port Angeles

Posted 12/21/2021

PORT ANGELES – Guess who’s back? Salmon and resident fish species have returned to two creeks that run under US 101 in Port Angeles following a $36 million fish barrier correction project.

Active Transportation Plan: A new compass to guide the state’s active transportation future

Posted 12/21/2021

OLYMPIA – A statewide strategy and needs assessment for people who bike, walk and roll in Washington is now available online.

14 fish passage projects were completed in 2020

improving access to 54.2 miles of upstream habitat.

11,959 incidents responded to

by WSDOT’s incident Response teams during second quarter of 2021, 15% more than same quarter in 2020.

41 Pre-existing Funds Projects Advertised

during the eighth quarter of the 2019-2021 biennium.