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It’s the end of the road for the Alaskan Way Viaduct

Posted 01/11/2019

 

Three-week closure of SR 99 through Seattle begins tonight, Jan. 11

SEATTLE – If the rain holds off, drivers on the SR 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct could be treated to one final sunset drive tonight, Friday, Jan. 11.

When the clock strikes 10 p.m., it'll be lights out for the viaduct, as the Washington…

WSDOT to present options designed to improve safety at US 2 Colbert Road intersection north of Spokane

Posted 01/08/2019

Ryan Overton, communications, 509-324-6014

WSDOT to present options designed to improve safety at US 2/Colbert Road intersection north of Spokane

Upcoming meeting a follow up to concerns raised last November

COLBERT – The community is invited to a Jan. 16 public meeting to discuss…

Public meeting helps community and WSDOT connect on US 2/Colbert Road issues north of Spokane

Posted 01/07/2019

Ryan Overton, communications, 509-324-6014

Jan. 16 meeting to be held at Mountainside Middle School in Colbert

COLBERT – The community is invited to a Jan. 16 meeting where representatives from the Washington State Department of Transportation will listen to concerns and share information about the…

New SR 99 tunnel improves safety, boasts state-of-the-art features

Posted 01/06/2019

Laura Newborn, Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program communications 206-805-2871; 206-639-8577 (mobile)

New video shows why tunnels stay safe during earthquakes

SEATTLE – In 2001, the Nisqually earthquake shook the Seattle region and the Alaskan Way Viaduct along with it. The viaduct was repaired and…

Washington State Ferries releases 2040 Long Range Plan

Posted 01/03/2019

Hadley Rodero, communications, 206-470-0524
On-call media hotline, 206-402-8070

Plan calls for 16 new ferries to stabilize the fleet and provide reliable service

SEATTLE – More than half of Washington State Ferries’ 23-vessel fleet is scheduled to be retired by 2040. The ferry system…

WSDOT launches study to improve travel near SR 500 and NE Fourth Plain Boulevard in Vancouver

Posted 01/03/2019

Kimberly Pincheira, communications, 360-905-2058
Michael Williams, planning, 360-905-2076

Online survey open for public input through Jan. 31

VANCOUVER – It should come as no surprise to travelers who use the intersection of State Route 500 and Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard that it is one of the…

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.