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Coming soon: SR 520 construction in Montlake

Posted 08/01/2019

Steve Peer, communications, 425-301-2023

Ramp restriping, a new work zone and traffic shifts will kick off a project expected to last until early 2023

SEATTLE – Beginning the second week in August, State Route 520 travelers and Montlake residents will see the first major construction work of the $455…

SR 107 Chehalis River Bridge to close for up to three days for settlement repairs

Posted 07/31/2019

Tina Werner, communications, 360-704-3270

MONTESANO – Recently discovered pier settlement on the State Route 107 Chehalis River Bridge just south of Montesano has led Washington State Department of Transportation officials to temporarily close the bridge to travelers next week. This work is in conjunction…

A smoother ride coming to I-5 and I-205 in Vancouver

Posted 07/30/2019

Celeste Dimichina, communications, 360-905-2057

VANCOUVER – Travelers will soon say goodbye to cracks and potholes along Interstates 5 and 205 in Clark County.

Beginning Wednesday, July 31, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will start overnight work to…

Month-long inspection of SR 16 Tacoma Narrows Bridge cables begins Aug. 4

Posted 07/30/2019

Linda Robson, communications, 360-357-2789
Cara Mitchell, communications, 360-357-2703

Work requires around-the-clock closure of westbound SR 16 HOV lane

TACOMA – The iconic 1950 Tacoma Narrows Bridge is getting ready to undergo an inspection of one of its more important and visible features – work…

Fifth time’s the charm? Perpetually postponed US 2 weekend closure set for Aug. 3-4 near Everett

Posted 07/29/2019

Frances Fedoriska, communications, 206-440-4690

Plan ahead for massive backups in Snohomish County, surrounding areas

EVERETT – There is a belief that washing one’s car prompts a rainstorm. While it’s not science, when it comes to finally starting this summer’s US 2 trestle work, it can’t hurt to stack the…

Changes to HOV lane violations and fines start July 28

Posted 07/25/2019

Chris Loftis, WSP communications, 360-485-3983
Barbara LaBoe, WSDOT Communications, 360-705-7080

Increased fines for repeat offenders; new fine for drivers using dolls or dummies to cheat occupancy rules

OLYMPIA – High occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane violators will be paying higher fines starting Sunday…

Work to add capacity at Point Defiance Ferry Terminal starts end of July

Posted 07/22/2019

Cara Mitchell, communications, 360-357-2703

Travelers will see overnight paving on SR 163/North Pearl Street

TACOMA – Ferry customers who use the Point Defiance Terminal can look forward to a smooth roadway and double the holding lane capacity with an improvement project starting this month. Contractor…

SR 530 Schoolyard Creek culvert replacement project means delays east of Arlington starting July 27

Posted 07/22/2019

Tom Pearce, communications, 206-440-4696
Mikkel Lamay, project engineer, 360-757-5856

Larger culvert will create more natural stream, open additional 2.8 miles of habitat for fish

ARLINGTON – A project to replace a culvert that blocks access for salmon and other fish in Schoolyard Creek will mean up…

Ultra-high-speed Ground Transportation study

Posted 07/15/2019

Janet Matkin, communications, 360-705-7966, 253-350-9516 (cell)

One-hour trips from Seattle to greater Vancouver, BC, and Portland could transform regional travel
New study finds numerous benefits to ultra-high-speed travel

OLYMPIA – Ultra-high-speed ground transportation could transform the Pacific…

Grants awarded for vanpool vehicles across state

Posted 07/13/2019

Gayla Reese Walsh, WSDOT communications, 360-705-7011
Shamus Misek, WSDOT community liaison, 360-705-7346

Funding will bring more hybrid-electric vehicles to state’s vanpool fleets

OLYMPIA – Electric-vehicle users may soon see an increasingly familiar sight at charging stations…

8,683 animals crossed the Snoqualmie Pass East Project area

as recorded by WSDOT and partners in 2020 and 2021.

46% increase in Amtrak Cascades ridership to 251,000 passengers

in 2021 compared to 172,000 in 2020.

Nine wetland and stream mitigation sites across 32.7 acres added

to our monitoring program in 2021 to help offset climate change impacts.