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Public invited to provide input for paths in the lower Yakima Valley

Posted 09/28/2023

The public is invited to participate in an online survey to provide input on a plan to create paths in the lower Yakima Valley called the Heritage Connectivity Trails (HCT). Survey results will help Washington State Department of Transportation and project stakeholders design paths where they are needed most.

Plan ahead: SR 520 closed across Lake Washington this weekend beginning late Friday night, Sept. 29

Posted 09/28/2023

SEATTLE – Drivers traveling across Lake Washington should plan ahead for a weekend closure of State Route 520 starting late Friday evening, Sept. 29. The SR 520 closure is from Interstate 5 to 92nd Avenue Northeast in Clyde Hill and lasts from 11:59 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, through 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 2.

Night closure of SR 507 near Bucoda begins Thursday, Sept. 28

Posted 09/25/2023

BUCODA – Travelers will need to plan for a night closure along a short segment of State Route 507 south of Bucoda. From 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 to 6 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29, the highway will close to all travelers.

New ramp meter from 24th Street East to northbound SR 167 in Sumner going live Oct. 9

Posted 09/25/2023

SUMNER – Beginning Oct. 9, a new ramp meter at the 24th Street East on-ramp to northbound State Route 167 in Sumner will activate when congestion builds near Steward Road.

Northbound US 101 Riverside Bridge in Hoquiam overnight closures resuming the week of Sept. 25

Posted 09/22/2023

At the beginning of summer, we kicked off a project to repair the machine rooms that help operate the northbound US 101 Riverside Bridge in Hoquiam. Crews will be able to complete the project the week of Sept. 25.

Fueling curiosity: Navigating the future at the PacTrans-WSDOT Summer High School Transportation Camps

Posted 09/20/2023

They say the choices we make today create the future that we are dreaming of. That’s why we include our younger generations to help us create a better future for transportation in our state!

SR 410 to close around-the-clock for 4 days near Crystal Mountain Ski Resort in early October

Posted 09/19/2023

People traveling to the mountains in search of brilliant fall colors along State Route 410 will want to take an alternate route the first week of October.

Fish barrier removal construction begins on SR 16 near Port Orchard

Posted 09/18/2023

PORT ORCHARD – People who use State Route 16 near Port Orchard in Kitsap County will soon see orange construction signs. The signs signal the start of the latest project to remove barriers to fish under state highways.

IRT swoops to the rescue of stranded motorcycle driver

Posted 09/18/2023

When Timothy Nored’s motorcycle ran out of gas on Interstate 5 near the 130th Street overpass in Seattle, he was nervous about the potentially dangerous situation. He was partially blocking the carpool lane, had no way to safely cross the freeway to the right shoulder and AAA was 90 minutes away.

SR 520's Montlake Project: Summer steps forward, fall closures ahead

Posted 09/14/2023

As summer gives way to fall, we want to catch you up with what’s been happening on the Montlake Project in Seattle. Here’s a recap of the progress we’ve made this summer – and what you can expect in the coming months.

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.