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Aviation commission recommends two potential options for new aviation capacity: Final recommendation to Legislature due in June 2023

Posted 10/20/2022

OLYMPIA - After months gathering public feedback and reviewing technical analyses, the state Commercial Aviation Coordinating Commission submitted Phase II recommendations to the Washington State Legislature that include continued study of two options for future aviation capacity.

Youth can ride transit for free in most of Washington

Posted 10/14/2022

OLYMPIA – Transit agencies across Washington reached a major milestone in October, delivering policies that make riding transit free for people 18 and under. With the policies, the transit agencies secured access to funding from the state’s Transit Support Grant.

Damages awarded to WSDOT for tunnel completion delays

Posted 10/13/2022

OLYMPIA – On Oct. 12, the Supreme Court of Washington denied a request from Seattle Tunnel Partners for further review of a 2019 jury judgment that awarded $57.2 million to the Washington State Department of Transportation. The jury awarded WSDOT financial damages due to contractor Seattle Tunnel Partners’ late…

WSDOT to preview multi-billion-dollar regional construction program at upcoming open house

Posted 10/13/2022

SHORELINE - The Washington State Department of Transportation is seeking contractors and consultants to support critical fish passage, roadway preservation and mobility improvements from the King-Pierce county line to the Canadian border

Work in Little Minter Creek and SR 302 wraps up on Key Peninsula

Posted 10/12/2022

Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on new culverts in Little Minter Creek under SR 302 in Pierce County.

State ferries hit home run with Seattle Mariners-inspired name changes

Posted 10/12/2022

SEATTLE – Gov. Jay Inslee has directed that the names of all Washington State Ferries be temporarily changed to honor the Seattle Mariners.

I-5 in Everett will reduce to two lanes during three weekends in October

Posted 10/06/2022

Weekend-long lane reductions are coming to Interstate 5 in Everett, starting Friday, Oct. 14. The freeway will be reduced to two lanes for the entire weekend.

New traffic shift in effect near Easton as construction winds down on I-90 between North Bend and Ellensburg

Posted 10/05/2022

HYAK - A new traffic shift is now in effect near Easton as one of the busiest construction seasons on Interstate 90 between North Bend and Ellensburg winds down for the upcoming winter.

Emergency slide repairs begin on SR 165, south of Carbonado

Posted 10/05/2022

On Monday, Oct. 17, WSDOT's emergency contractor, Scarsella Bros., is scheduled to begin repair work at two slide locations between mileposts 10.93 and 11.72, just south of Carbonado near the Fairfax Bridge.

State ferries says, ‘Welcome aboard for free!’ to youth

Posted 09/29/2022

SEATTLE – Some say the best things in life are free. If you’re age 18 or younger, that will soon include a ride aboard Washington State Ferries.

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.