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Aviation Commission continues airport capacity work with virtual meeting

Posted 08/11/2021

Christina Crea, communications, 360-709-8098, 360-810-0902 (mobile)

OLYMPIA – The Commercial Aviation Coordinating Commission will meet virtually on Thursday, Aug. 26 to discuss recommendations for meeting the state’s aviation capacity needs.

Meeting topics will include aviation-related…

Southbound I-5 near Woodland reduced to two lanes for paving work Aug. 15–Sept. 5

Posted 08/09/2021

Celeste Dimichina, communications, 360-905-2057

Drivers should prepare for delays and around-the-clock lane closures

WOODLAND – Southbound Interstate 5 travelers in northern Clark County will need to plan ahead for congestion and delays starting this weekend.

Beginning Sunday night, Aug. 15,…

Washington adds four new U.S. bike routes to its system

Posted 08/09/2021

Barb Chamberlain, Active Transportation Division director, 509-869-2949 (mobile)

New bike route designations expand to southeast corner of the state

OLYMPIA – There’s exciting news for people who desire to travel long distance by bicycle – Washington state is expanding its U.S. Bicycle…

SR 302 Little Minter Creek culvert install delayed until 2022

Posted 08/06/2021

Tina Werner, communications, 360-704-3270

Stream restoration efforts continue at Minter Creek through late summer

PURDY – Work to install a culvert that will improve fish migration under State Route 302 near Purdy has been rescheduled for 2022.

Contractor crews working for the Washington State…

10-mile backups expected during Aug. 20 weekend closure of northbound SR 167

Posted 08/05/2021

Cara Mitchell, communications, 360-357-2703

People can help reduce delays during the closure in Sumner

SUMNER – Travelers who use northbound State Route 167 from Sumner in Pierce County to Pacific in King County will want to avoid hours-long backups the weekend of Aug. 20.

Beginning at 8:30 p.m.…

Work to resurface sections of US 97 in Klickitat County begins next week

Posted 08/04/2021

Celeste Dimichina, communications, 360-905-2057

KLICKITAT – People traveling along the scenic US 97 highway this summer should plan for additional time in their trips as work to resurface the road gets underway.

On Monday, Aug. 9 the Washington State Department of Transportation’s contractor,…

Additional repair work planned for US 101 near Cosi Hill in Grays Harbor County this month

Posted 08/02/2021

Tina Werner, communications, 360-704-3270

Safety workwill restore two-way traffic

COSMOPOLIS – Repairs will soon be underway on a slide-prone section of US 101 between Aberdeen and Raymond. By spring 2022, two-way travel will be restored once again to the popular freight corridor.

On Monday, Aug.…

New southbound I-5 HOV lane through JBLM opens Saturday, July 31

Posted 07/29/2021

Update: The new southbound I-5 HOV lane near Gravelly Lake Driveto 41st Division Drive opened one day earlier than planned on Friday morning, July 30.

Cara Mitchell, communications, 360-357-2703

Lakewood I-5 construction nearly complete

LAKEWOOD – Just weeks after travelers began experiencing…

New connection for travelers of all modes coming soon to Seattle's stadium area

Posted 07/21/2021

Laura Newborn, communications, 206-639-8577

Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program's last project to make final connection on Railroad Way near the SR 99 tunnel south portal

SEATTLE - Work is now underway on the final project of the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program, which will build a new Railroad…

U.S. Coast Guard authorizes emergency use of Keller Ferry during fire response

Posted 07/19/2021

Ryan Overton, communications, 509-413-9791
NW Incident Management Team 12, 509-634-2025

Emergency operations for fire personnel and evacuations only

KELLER – While the Keller Ferry remains out of service for normal ferry traffic, the U.S. Coast Guard has approved its use for emergency response to the…

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.