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New year, new closure: SR 520 closing across the lake the first weekend of January

Posted 01/05/2023

SEATTLE – Travelers should plan ahead and find alternate routes this weekend for trips across Lake Washington between Seattle and the Eastside. Beginning Friday night, crews will close both directions of SR 520 and all associated ramps between Interstate 5 in Seattle and 92nd Avenue Northeast in Clyde Hill. The…

Emergency slide repairs underway on SR 109 in Taholah

Posted 01/05/2023

TAHOLAH - Emergency contract crews have begun repairs to SR 109 at milepost 39 near Taholah following a slide in early November. The contractor expects to complete work in February.

Construction concludes for winter on new US 395 interchange at Ridgeline Drive in Kennewick

Posted 01/04/2023

KENNEWICK - Construction for the season on the new US 395 interchange at Ridgeline Drive in Kennewick and will resume in the spring when weather allows.

Ferries to host virtual community meetings with an update on service restoration

Posted 01/03/2023

SEATTLE – Have a question for Washington State Ferries? Riders and other community members are encouraged to attend upcoming virtual community meetings designed to provide updates about the ferry system.

‘Tis the season for busy state ferries

Posted 12/21/2022

SEATTLE – Hundreds of thousands of people will be dashing through the sea in white and green ferry boats through the end of the year.

New passenger trains coming to the I-5 corridor

Posted 12/15/2022

OLYMPIA – A new fleet of Northwest-themed Amtrak Cascades trains will transport passengers in style between Seattle, Vancouver, BC, Portland and other stations along the I-5 corridor when eight new trainsets and two new locomotives arrive in the Pacific Northwest in 2026.

Grace period for suspension of late fees, civil penalties for unpaid tolls ends March 2023

Posted 12/13/2022

SEATTLE - Customers encouraged to act now to take advantage of options to lower their existing bills and avoid a higher toll bill

The ‘most wonderful time of the year’ means planning for a busy holiday travel weekend

Posted 12/12/2022

OLYMPIA - People preparing for holly jolly festivities this season are urged to plan now for winter weather and expect delays while traveling on state highways, waterways or railways.

Emergency slide repairs wrap up on SR 165 south of Carbonado

Posted 12/09/2022

CARBONADO - Emergency repair work at two slide locations on State Route 165, just south of Carbonado, has been completed, with final paving coming in the new year.

Public invited to provide feedback on new bridge and intersection designs at SR 26 and US 195 in Colfax

Posted 12/06/2022

COLFAX - Dec. 8 open house to focus on intersection design options, bridge location.

Traction tires are a special type of tire

manufactured with at least 1/8 of an inch tread. Traction tires are usually marked with a mountain/snowflake symbol, the letters M+S or “All Season.”

Carry chains, practice before leaving

Requiring chains keeps traffic moving during storms rather than closing a pass or roadway.

Prep your car. Fill up your gas tank,

pack jumper cables, ice scraper, warm clothing, snacks and water.