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Nighttime closures of northbound I-5 planned Sept. 28-29 to remove damaged SR 506 overpass near Toledo

Posted 09/28/2022

Over the last 14 months, the closure of State Route 506 over Interstate 5 near Toledo has forced people to take the long way home. Following a bridge strike to the northbound span of the overpass by an over height load on Thursday, Sept. 22, the damaged overpass will remain closed to travelers until further notice.

Weekend Update: Full SR 520 closure across the lake planned, Southbound I-5 lane and ramp closed near West Seattle Bridge

Posted 09/28/2022

SEATTLE – Travelers should plan ahead and find alternate routes for trips across Lake Washington and southbound Interstate 5 in Seattle. Beginning Friday night, Sept. 30, State Route 520 will close across the lake and southbound I-5 will have closures near the off-ramp to Columbian Way and the West Seattle Bridge.

Work to widen SR 14 between I-205 and SE 164th Avenue in Vancouver begins week of Oct. 3

Posted 09/27/2022

Work to improve travel times and ease congestion on State Route 14 between Interstate 205 and Southeast 164th Avenue is about to begin.

Work to replace damaged SR 506 bridge over southbound I-5 continues, Sept. 27

Posted 09/23/2022

Over the last 13 months, the closure of State Route 506 over Interstate 5 near Toledo has forced people to take the long way home. Following a bridge strike to the northbound span of the overpass on Thursday, Sept. 22, the overpass will remain closed to travelers until further notice.

Answering your most common questions about why we do so much weekend summer work

Posted 09/23/2022

Fall has arrived and with it, thoughts of winter start creeping into our heads. At the same time, road workers are busily trying to get as much done as they can before the wet, cold weather arrives.

WSDOT Aviation accepting applications for new Sustainable Aviation Grant

Posted 09/23/2022

The Washington State Department of Transportation Aviation Division is currently accepting applications for a grant program for airports to establish sustainable aviation projects for airports.

Design chosen for the new SR 500 pedestrian/bicycle crossing at NE 54th Avenue/NE Stapleton Road in Vancouver

Posted 09/22/2022

Thanks to input from the community, the Washington State Department of Transportation has picked the design for the new SR 500 pedestrian/bicycle crossing at NE 54th Avenue/NE Stapleton Road.

Learn about upcoming construction work on SR 16, SR 160/Sedgwick Road in Kitsap County

Posted 09/19/2022

PORT ORCHARD – The public will have two opportunities to learn more about an upcoming fish barrier removal project near Port Orchard. The Washington State Department of Transportation is hosting both an online and in-person open house to share plans on removing fish passage barriers in Salmonberry Creek and Blackjack…

Weekend closures – including Friday daytime work – coming to westbound I-90 on Mercer Island this month

Posted 09/15/2022

The next two September weekends will significantly affect traffic on westbound Interstate 90 on the west side of Mercer Island with lane and ramp closures beginning after the Friday morning commute and lasting until early Monday both weeks.

Potential for cancelled Amtrak Cascades trains starting Friday, Sept. 16

Posted 09/14/2022

We’re keeping a close eye on the ongoing freight rail labor contract negotiations and working with our partners at the Oregon Department of Transportation and Amtrak about what this means for our Amtrak Cascades service.

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.