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In-person open house about North Fork Palouse River bridge replacement design planned in Colfax Jan. 31

Posted 01/29/2024

COLFAX – Public meeting covers SR 26-US 195 intersection roundabout plans

$12 million federal grant to improve truck parking in western United States announced

Posted 01/29/2024

OLYMPIA - The states of Washington, Oregon and California receive $12 million federal grant to provide truck drivers with real-time truck parking availability information.

Weekend-long closures coming to southbound SR 529, starting Jan. 19

Posted 01/25/2024

Last year during a routine inspection of the 97-year-old southbound State Route 529 Steamboat Slough Bridge just south of Marysville, our crews found about a dozen worn gusset plates, which connect steel beams. We'll replace these worn plates in a few weekend-long closures.

Slope stabilization on Soap Lake stretch of SR 17 scheduled for mid-February

Posted 01/18/2024

SOAP LAKE – Work stretches for nearly 10 miles and seeks to reduce rockfall onto the highway; closures expected.

SR 520 Trail across Lake Washington closing for 15 days beginning Friday night, Jan. 19

Posted 01/18/2024

SEATTLE – Bicyclists and pedestrians traveling across Lake Washington should plan for an extended State Route 520 Trail closure. The around-the-clock closure starts at 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, and wraps up at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2. Crews will close the portion of the trail between the Montlake neighborhood in Seattle…

State ferries welcome 1.3 million more riders in 2023

Posted 01/16/2024

SEATTLE – Over 1.3 million more riders boarded Washington State Ferries in 2023. The 7.4% spike from 2022 pushed annual ridership to nearly 18.7 million last year.

Plan ahead: I-5 roadwork near US 101 expected to create congestion in Olympia/Tumwater

Posted 01/16/2024

UPDATE: Center barrier work on Interstate 5 in Olympia and Tumwater is ahead of schedule and is no longer required on Sunday, Feb. 4. The change is reflected in the release below.

Westbound chain-up area on SR 18 near Tiger Mountain to move farther east, closer to I-90

Posted 01/11/2024

SNOQUALMIE – Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will temporarily move the chain-up area on westbound State Route 18 to just east of the Raging River bridge in Issaquah.

UPDATE: Revive I-5 work in south Seattle postponed due to cold weather and possible snow

Posted 01/10/2024

UPDATE: Weekend lane reductions have been postponed due to cold weather and possible snow in the Seattle area. Work has been rescheduled for Jan. 19-22.

State ferries hosting virtual meetings Jan. 17 and 18 with updates on service, fleet status

Posted 01/08/2024

SEATTLE – Washington State Ferries will share updates on its system-wide service during two upcoming virtual community meetings.

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.