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Fatal work zone crashes on state highways doubled in 2023

Posted 04/02/2024

Numbers like these take our breath away. It's why we're continuing to take aggressive steps to protect not only our workers, but drivers and passengers as well.

Celebrating 30 years of Amtrak Cascades passenger rail service

Posted 04/01/2024

OLYMPIA – Amtrak Cascades passenger rail service celebrates its 30-year anniversary on April 1, 2024. Looking to the past and to the future as the service continues to expand.

Pedestrian safety improvements coming to SR 503 near Prairie High School in Vancouver

Posted 03/28/2024

VANCOUVER – People who walk or roll will soon have a safer way to cross State Route 503 with the help of a new signal and crossing location.

The Washington State Department of Transportation plans to build a HAWK (High intensity Activated crossWalK) pedestrian signal, creating safer access for…

Skunk Creek fish barrier removal project in Fall City starts April 1 with long-term closure on Southeast Fish Hatchery Road

Posted 03/27/2024

Construction starts April 1 on a fish barrier removal project near Fall City that requires a temporary bypass on State Route 202 and a long-term closure on Southeast Fish Hatchery Road. The project will replace existing culverts that block fish passage with new bridges that restore natural stream conditions.

I-90/SR 18 interchange improvements benefit cars, trucks – and fish

Posted 03/26/2024

Most of the I-90/SR 18 interchange project is designed to improve traffic flow and safety for locals, commuters and freight. However, this part of the project has a different purpose. It's all about enhancing conditions for salmon, steelhead and other fish species.

Support beams for new SR 18 bridge near Snoqualmie to be lifted into place Tuesday, March 26

Posted 03/21/2024

SNOQUALMIE – People traveling on State Route 18 south of the city of Snoqualmie Tuesday morning, March 26, likely will notice twin cranes lifting four massive support beams into place on each end of a future bridge over Raging River.

Reminder: Studded tire removal deadline is March 31

Posted 03/21/2024

OLYMPIA – Springtime in the Pacific Northwest often signals blooming flowers and warmer days ahead. It also means Washington’s deadline to remove studded tires is fast approaching.

Paint Maps: The Origin Story

Posted 03/15/2024

For a little less than a decade now, our Paint Maps have been a summer tradition that has both entertained and informed our social media followers to plan ahead and know before they go.

Getting around: Online open house previews busy 2024 Olympic Peninsula construction season

Posted 03/14/2024

OLYMPIA – This summer, whether heading to the Hoh Rainforest or windswept Pacific Ocean beaches, travelers will see some additional views through the windshield: orange cones and multiple work zones.

Second round of airport grant applications now being accepted

Posted 03/12/2024

OLYMPIA – It’s time for airports to submit their applications for the second round of 2023-2025 Airport Aid Grant Program. The Washington State Department of Transportation Aviation Division anticipates awarding $2 million in funding.

Slow down – lives are on the line. 

In 2023, speeding continued to be a top reason for work zone crashes.

Even one life lost is too many.

Fatal work zone crashes doubled in 2023 - Washington had 10 fatal work zone crashes on state roads.

It's in EVERYONE’S best interest.

95% of people hurt in work zones are drivers, their passengers or passing pedestrians, not just our road crews.