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Chinook and Cayuse passes are closed for the season

Posted 11/09/2021

The gates to State Routes 410 and 123 inside Mount Rainier National Park, including Chinook and Cayuse passes, will remain closed for the season after heavy snow and a forecast of more to come.

New WSDOT website focuses on customer needs

Posted 11/08/2021

Visitors to the Washington State Department of Transportation’s website will notice a big difference in the site’s appearance today. The agency debuted an all-new website design yesterday, Sunday, Nov. 7, the first major overhaul in more than 15 years.

Northbound I-5 on-ramp at Bakerview in Bellingham opens today

Posted 11/05/2021

BELLINGHAM – Travelers along Bakerview Road in Bellingham have access to a new on-ramp to northbound Interstate 5. Contractor crews working on behalf of the Washington State Department of Transportation opened the new I-5 northbound Bakerview on-ramp to traffic today.

State Route 401 near Naselle remains closed in Pacific County

Posted 11/04/2021

NASELLE – Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews have closed a 9-mile stretch of State Route 401, also known as Lewis and Clark Trail Highway, after heavy rainfall on Wednesday, Oct. 27, triggered a debris slide on to the roadway.

New ramp meters activated soon in Pierce County

Posted 11/02/2021

LAKEWOOD – Technology that helps reduce highway travel times is coming soon to travelers in the Lakewood and Parkland area of Pierce County.

SR 20 North Cascades Highway seasonal closure scheduled for Nov. 15

Posted 10/27/2021

Update: North Cascades Highway to close for the season on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, due to avalanche risk.

MAZAMA – With winter weather just around the corner, the 2021 seasonal closure of State Route 20 North Cascades Highway is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 15. The road may close earlier depending on the…

Early prep, correct gear and staying informed are key for smooth travel this winter

Posted 10/25/2021

OLYMPIA – With winter just around the corner, now is the best time to make plans and prepare for winter driving.

Full closure of SR 520 planned for Oct. 22-25 weekend

Posted 10/22/2021

SEATTLE – Travelers should plan ahead for trips across Lake Washington this weekend.

New SR 164 bridge over Pussyfoot Creek opens east of Auburn

Posted 10/14/2021

AUBURN – There is good news for travelers who use State Route 164 between Auburn and Enumclaw. The highway reopened today just east of the White River Amphitheater after a 95-day closure to build a bridge over Pussyfoot Creek.

State ferry temporary schedule changes starting Saturday, Oct. 16

Posted 10/13/2021

SEATTLE – Beginning Saturday, Oct. 16, Washington State Ferries will temporarily operate reduced schedules on most routes to provide more predictable and reliable travel.

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.