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Inslee and local leaders launch diverging diamond interchange work to get I-90/SR 18 traffic moving

Posted 09/08/2022

SNOQUALMIE – Gov. Jay Inslee joined other state and local representatives today to turn the first shovels of dirt, breaking ground on the Interstate 90/State Route 18 Interchange Improvements and Widening project. This interchange is one of the busiest in Washington.

Two major projects will affect westbound I-90 travel during September near Issaquah, Mercer Island

Posted 09/01/2022

ISSAQUAH - The start of fall will bring several major closures on westbound Interstate 90 during the second half of September, including two east of Issaquah and two on the west end of Mercer Island.

Ferry ridership rises to 82% of pre-pandemic levels ahead of busy Labor Day weekend

Posted 08/31/2022

SEATTLE – Walk-on ridership is near its highest point since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic at Washington State Ferries. But for people planning a ferry ride over Labor Day weekend, it’s those boarding in a vehicle who should be prepared for long waits.

Work now underway on Western Washington's largest pavement repair project

Posted 08/29/2022

SHORELINE – After a spring and summer of slowdowns, lane closures, and bumpy roads, the Northwest Region Emergency Pavement Repair project is underway in King, Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties.

One, two, three – newly completed construction lets fish swim free north of Kalaloch

Posted 08/29/2022

On Monday, Aug. 29, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation removed the one-way alternating traffic signal on US 101 at milepost 162.6 near Kalaloch. This marks the end of a project to remove barriers to fish migration at three creeks under portions of US 101.

Final stage of SR 9/SR 204 intersection improvement project in Lake Stevens to include 3 weekend closures

Posted 08/29/2022

LAKE STEVENS – The final stage of a much-anticipated roundabout project in Lake Stevens is underway. Once complete, it will improve traffic flow and safety at several intersections at and around where State Routes 9 and 204 meet.

After two decades, southbound I-5 HOV lane opens from Fife to Tacoma

Posted 08/28/2022

At 9 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28, Guy F. Atkinson Construction crews opened the final 3-mile section of southbound Interstate 5 HOV lanes in Pierce County. The new lane connects the existing HOV lane running from Seattle to Fife with the one that stretches from Tacoma to westbound State Route 16 in Gig Harbor.

Northbound I-5 HOV lane in Tacoma now open

Posted 08/27/2022

TACOMA – At 7:15 a.m. on Aug. 27, Guy F. Atkinson Construction crews opened the long-awaited new northbound I-5 HOV lane in Tacoma. The new lane connects the existing HOV lane that begins on SR 16 in Gig Harbor with the one that starts in Fife.

I-5 HOV construction in Tacoma is really done. …no really. …it is!

Posted 08/26/2022

We’re wrapping up major construction on I-5 in Tacoma.

Plan for significant southbound I-5 delays near Vader for Cowlitz River Bridge work Sept. 12-16

Posted 08/26/2022

VADER - People living and driving near Toledo and Vader in Lewis County will need to plan for extended delays on southbound Interstate 5 starting next week.

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.