A lot of road to cover: Help inform highway maintenance work through WSDOT online open house

Public survey available through April 17

OLYMPIA – Patching potholes, replacing damaged guardrail and clearing snow and ice are just some of the dozens of tasks performed by Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance teams. As with any to-do list, it needs reevaluation. WSDOT is inviting the public to comment, beginning Thursday, March 30, on highway maintenance activities through an online open house.

People who use the state highway system, whether rolling or walking, are invited to provide feedback on their experiences by ranking their satisfaction and perceived highway maintenance priorities. The information gathered will help the agency identify improvements and maintenance needs for the next five years. 

WSDOT oversees approximately 18,700 lane miles, 3,300 state bridges and 120 miles of dedicated bike lanes across the state.

WSDOT Highway maintenance satisfaction online open house information

When: Thursday, March 30 to 11:59 p.m., Monday, April 17

Where: engage.wsdot.wa.gov/maintenance-survey/

Free, temporary internet access is available to those who do not have broadband service in locations throughout the state. To find the nearest Drive-In WiFi Hotspot visit: www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/washington-state-drive-in-wifi-hotspots-location-finder/

“Maintenance activities on state highways are ranked based on safety, asset preservation, environmental stewardship, legal requirements and aesthetics,” said Maintenance Policy Manager Andrea Fortune. “The public’s input on our road crews’ work activities like patching potholes, snow and ice removal, vegetation management and litter will be helpful to our agency in determining how the public views the significance of those important tasks.”

The feedback helps inform priorities based on available funding and safety goals.

Highway maintenance work is prioritized (PDF 187KB) and measured through a statewide accountability process (PDF 400KB) based on funds allocated to the department by the state legislature. WSDOT will share the online open house results with the public.

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.