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Gov. Inslee to cut ribbon for new SR 99 tunnel this weekend

Posted 02/01/2019

Steve Peer, WSDOT communications, 425-301-2023

Thousands of participants slated to attend historic event in new tunnel and on old Alaskan Way Viaduct

SEATTLE – After nearly two decades of planning and construction, the State Route 99 tunnel under downtown Seattle is about to open. Foot traffic – not cars,…

New ramps, enhanced fish passage proposed for US 101/Shelton-Matlock interchange

Posted 01/29/2019

Doug Adamson, communications, 360-357-2716

SHELTON – Consider it an effort that will help both fish and people get around. The Washington State Department of Transportation has hired design-build contractor Parsons/Scarsella to remove fish barriers along Coffee Creek and rebuild two ramps at the US 101/…

Final project to complete Tacoma HOV system begins in February

Posted 01/25/2019

Cara Mitchell, communications, 360-357-2703

Construction widens I-5 north of the Tacoma Dome

TACOMA – After years of construction, work on the final HOV segment in Tacoma begins next month.

In February, Guy F. Atkinson Construction will begin work to design and build a wider Interstate 5 between…

WSDOT open house: Improving travel times on SR 14 in east Vancouver

Posted 01/22/2019

Tamara Greenwell, WSDOT communications, 360-905-2056

VANCOUVER – Community members are invited to learn more about future improvements on State Route 14 between Interstate 205 and Southeast 164th Avenue at an open house later this month.

In response to increasing congestion on SR 14 during peak…

Nearly 25 million set sail on state ferries in 2018

Posted 01/17/2019

Ian Sterling, communications,206-714-1556

Annual ridership up 10 percent from five years ago

SEATTLE – Thirty-four times the population of the city of Seattle – that’s how many people Washington State Ferries carried in 2018.

Annual ridership on the nation’s largest ferry system…

Culvert replacement work on SR 504 near Toutle begins Tuesday, Jan. 15

Posted 01/14/2019

Celeste Dimichina, WSDOT communications, 360-905-2057

TOUTLE – Work to replace a failing culvert under State Route 504, better known as Spirit Lake Memorial Highway, begins on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

On Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews began work to…

It’s the end of the road for the Alaskan Way Viaduct

Posted 01/11/2019

Laura Newborn, Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program communications, 206-805-2871; 206-639-8577 (mobile)

Three-week closure of SR 99 through Seattle begins tonight, Jan. 11

SEATTLE – If the rain holds off, drivers on the SR 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct could be treated to one final sunset drive tonight, Friday…

WSDOT to present options designed to improve safety at US 2 Colbert Road intersection north of Spokane

Posted 01/08/2019

Ryan Overton, communications, 509-324-6014

WSDOT to present options designed to improve safety at US 2/Colbert Road intersection north of Spokane

Upcoming meeting a follow up to concerns raised last November

COLBERT – The community is invited to a Jan. 16 public meeting to discuss…

Public meeting helps community and WSDOT connect on US 2/Colbert Road issues north of Spokane

Posted 01/07/2019

Ryan Overton, communications, 509-324-6014

Jan. 16 meeting to be held at Mountainside Middle School in Colbert

COLBERT – The community is invited to a Jan. 16 meeting where representatives from the Washington State Department of Transportation will listen to concerns and share information about the…

New SR 99 tunnel improves safety, boasts state-of-the-art features

Posted 01/06/2019

Laura Newborn, Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program communications 206-805-2871; 206-639-8577 (mobile)

New video shows why tunnels stay safe during earthquakes

SEATTLE – In 2001, the Nisqually earthquake shook the Seattle region and the Alaskan Way Viaduct along with it. The viaduct was repaired and…

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.