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Creating our recommendation for the Highway System Plan

Posted 11/15/2023

The Highway System Plan is used to make investment recommendations to the Legislature that will result in a future highway system that is sound, safe and smart.

SR 410/Chinook Pass and SR 123 Cayuse Pass close for the season

Posted 11/14/2023

MOUNT RAINIER – The gates to State Routes 410 and 123 inside Mount Rainier National Park, including Chinook and Cayuse passes closed on Friday, Nov. 10 after a foot of snow fell.

Think operating a plow in winter is easy? Think again.

Posted 11/14/2023

Nope, they aren't Bentleys. They're better than Bentleys. Take a trip with us behind the driver's seat during plow operator training on the west side of the state.

Use WSDOT travel charts for a drama-free adventure this holiday season

Posted 11/13/2023

OYLMPIA – Travelers headed over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday will want to plan now for winter weather.

Whistle tribute, flying of US military service flags highlight state ferries’ Veterans Day plans

Posted 11/08/2023

SEATTLE – On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, all operating Washington State Ferries vessels will sound their whistles at 11:11 a.m. in tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of the people who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

Open house scheduled for two Omak-area projects on SR 155

Posted 11/06/2023

Omak - Two projects—one the construction of new multimodal facilities along a stretch of State Route 155 Spur and Omak Avenue; the other a bridge replacement project just blocks away—will be the focus of an upcoming open house scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the East Omak Elementary School library.

Ramp metering on I-5 collector/distributor ramp in downtown Seattle begins Tuesday, Nov. 14

Posted 11/02/2023

SEATTLE – To manage the flow of traffic merging from Interstate 90 to northbound I-5, ramp meters will go live beginning Tuesday, Nov. 14. Meters will also regulate cars entering northbound I-5 from the Cherry Street on-ramp.

Statewide draft Highway System Plan available for public comment through Dec. 18

Posted 11/01/2023

OLYMPIA – Draft plan recommends highway investment strategy for next 20 years.

A haunting Halloween update: Maintenance crews, partners and volunteers remove 2,000 tons of litter along state highways

Posted 10/31/2023

Queue the Monster Mash playlist. The results from litter collected this past spring and summer are eerie. And we aren’t just talking about leftover creepy white hockey masks, either.

That time of year to prepare for North Cascades Highway seasonal closure

Posted 10/31/2023

Seems like only yesterday we celebrated the spring opening of the North Cascades Highway, but that day this past May is far behind us and so is summer, meaning the countdown is on to the seasonal closure.

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.