Find news releases and announcements about the agency in our virtual newsroom. 

Dedicated ferry lane coming to State Route 305 on Bainbridge Island

Posted 05/29/2024

UPDATE - Work to complete traffic revisions has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 11, due to weather. Travelers who drive onto the Bainbridge Island ferry will soon have a lane all to themselves on southbound State Route 305 approaching Winslow.

Construction begins June 3 on SR 203 fish barrier removal project south of downtown Carnation

Posted 05/29/2024

CARNATION – Construction starts June 3 on a fish barrier removal project that will require a temporary detour near 324th Way Northeast south of downtown Carnation. Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will remove an existing culvert and build a new bridge along SR 203 over an…

June 3 open house highlights future I-5/179th St interchange in Ridgefield

Posted 05/28/2024

RIDGEFIELD - On June 3, the Washington State Department of Transportation will host an in-person open house to give the public a first look at the future Interstate 5 and 179th Street Interchange Improvements project.

Public invited to open house in Fife for update on SR 167 Completion Project in Pierce County

Posted 05/28/2024

FIFE – Community members are invited to attend an in-person open house on Tuesday, June 4 in Fife to learn more about ongoing and planned construction to extend State Route 167 from Puyallup to SR 509 near the Port of Tacoma.

Youth enjoy free fares on Amtrak Cascades in Washington state

Posted 05/28/2024

OLYMPIA – Free youth fares now available on Amtrak Cascades trains

State ferries enters busy summer season with marked improvement completing more than 99% of sailings

Posted 05/22/2024

SEATTLE – As the crewing situation improves at Washington State Ferries, the sailing cancellation rate has been cut in half over the past year.

North Spokane Corridor and Wellesley Avenue to close for one month starting Tuesday, May 28

Posted 05/22/2024

SPOKANE – Due to the late fall opening of the new section of freeway, not all the work was completed when the Wellesley Avenue Interchange opened to traffic. To complete the work, contractor crews will now close Wellesley Avenue starting Tuesday, May 28, between Market Street and Freya Street. Crews will also close…

SR 123/Cayuse Pass scheduled to reopen May 24 and SR 410 Chinook Pass to remain closed

Posted 05/22/2024

Every year, the Washington State Department of Transportation works to reopen State Route 410/Chinook Pass and State Route 123/Cayuse Pass in time for Memorial Day weekend. This year, a washout and the timing of repairs will bring a partial opening.

Search for missing plane and pilot concludes after discovery of aircraft wreckage near Humpback Mountain

Posted 05/20/2024

OLYMPIA – The search for a missing pilot concluded Monday, May 20 after the discovery of aircraft wreckage near Humpback Mountain, just west of Snoqualmie Pass. Ground search crews discovered the crash site around 1:30 p.m. The plane’s 69-year-old pilot, Jerry Riedinger was found deceased inside the plane located in a…

WSDOT searching for missing plane near Snoqualmie Pass

Posted 05/19/2024

OLYMPIA - The Washington State Department of Transportation is searching for a missing plane in the vicinity of Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie Pass.

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.