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Emergency contract to begin culvert repair on SR 503 Spur near Cougar starts Dec. 14

Posted 12/14/2023

COUGAR – Following a culvert failure and washout on State Route 503, also called Lewis River Road, work to reestablish two-lane access will begin today.

WSDOT travel charts are one way to ensure a merry and bright holiday weekend

Posted 12/14/2023

OLYMPIA – People who may travel over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house for the weekend leading up to Christmas Day should make travel preparations now.

The nuts and bolts of keeping our equipment running

Posted 12/12/2023

Winter weather has arrived in the Pacific Northwest and you’ve likely already seen images of our snow plows and other equipment out keeping roads clear and safe. But what you haven’t seen much of is the work of our maintenance mechanics, the MVPs behind the scenes tirelessly working to keep that equipment running.

Emergency repairs require daytime closure of SR 18 near Issaquah, Friday, Dec. 15

Posted 12/12/2023

ISSAQUAH – People who use State Route 18 between Snoqualmie Pass and south King County will want to plan for alternative routes and extra travel time Friday, Dec. 15. Beginning at 4 a.m. until 2 p.m., the highway will close from Interstate 90 to Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast for emergency asphalt repairs.

Access granted: New off-ramp, tunnel linking eastbound SR 520 with Overlake Village in Redmond opens Thursday, Dec. 14

Posted 12/11/2023

REDMOND – The Overlake Access Ramp at the State Route 520/148th Avenue Northeast interchange in Redmond will open at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, after two years of construction. The new off-ramp provides direct access from eastbound SR 520 to the Overlake Village neighborhood through a tunnel running beneath 148th…

State awarded two federal grants for passenger rail service

Posted 12/08/2023

OLYMPIA – The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced this week the award of grants for two Washington State Department of Transportation rail programs.

Contract to finish the final stage of the SR 509 Completion project near SeaTac awarded

Posted 12/07/2023

SEATAC – The Puget Sound Gateway Program is celebrating a significant milestone on the road to completing State Route 509 in south King County.

Public invited to hear I-405/SR 167 updates at virtual meeting with program executives

Posted 12/07/2023

BELLEVUE – The public is invited to attend a meeting with the Interstate 405/State Route 167 Corridor Program Executive Advisory Group Monday, Dec. 11, to learn more about work occurring across the 50-plus-mile corridor.

South 216th Street bridge demolition in SeaTac begins Dec. 8; requires overnight I-5 closures

Posted 12/04/2023

SEATAC – Tons of concrete and rebar will drop to the ground piece by piece when the demolition of the South 216th Street bridge over Interstate 5 in SeaTac begins Friday, Dec. 8.

Red light, green light: Enhanced ramp meters planned for three Seattle on-ramps to northbound I-5

Posted 12/04/2023

SEATTLE – Overhead ramp meters are coming to three Seattle on-ramps to northbound Interstate 5 as part of a project that begins Monday, Dec. 4. These new ramp meters will regulate traffic from the HOV lane and the general-purpose lane, replacing existing meters that only regulate the general-purpose lanes.  

Slow down – lives are on the line. 

In 2023, speeding continued to be a top reason for work zone crashes.

Even one life lost is too many.

Fatal work zone crashes doubled in 2023 - Washington had 10 fatal work zone crashes on state roads.

It's in EVERYONE’S best interest.

95% of people hurt in work zones are drivers, their passengers or passing pedestrians, not just our road crews.