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Full closure of SR 520 and the Montlake Bridge planned for Nov. 20-21 weekend; closures begin late Friday night

Posted 11/16/2021

SEATTLE – Travelers should plan ahead and find alternate routes for trips across Lake Washington and through Montlake, Saturday, Nov. 20, and Sunday, Nov. 21, as both State Route 520 and the Montlake Bridge will be closed all weekend.

Update: US 101 Elwha River Bridge closed in Clallam County due to flooding

Posted 11/15/2021

PORT ANGELES – Update: Following an in-depth inspection, the Washington State Department of Transportation has reopened the US 101 Elwha River Bridge to all travelers the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 17.

SR 509 Completion Project kicks off construction with work along I-5 in south King County

Posted 11/12/2021

KENT – Construction is now underway on a major project to complete the unfinished State Route 509 in south King County, adding 3 miles of new highway that will connect SR 509 to Interstate 5.

Washington State Ferries to honor veterans Thursday with whistle tribute

Posted 11/10/2021

SEATTLE – At 11:11 a.m. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, all operating Washington State Ferries vessels underway will sound their whistles in tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

Chinook and Cayuse passes are closed for the season

Posted 11/09/2021

The gates to State Routes 410 and 123 inside Mount Rainier National Park, including Chinook and Cayuse passes, will remain closed for the season after heavy snow and a forecast of more to come.

New WSDOT website focuses on customer needs

Posted 11/08/2021

Visitors to the Washington State Department of Transportation’s website will notice a big difference in the site’s appearance today. The agency debuted an all-new website design yesterday, Sunday, Nov. 7, the first major overhaul in more than 15 years.

Northbound I-5 on-ramp at Bakerview in Bellingham opens today

Posted 11/05/2021

BELLINGHAM – Travelers along Bakerview Road in Bellingham have access to a new on-ramp to northbound Interstate 5. Contractor crews working on behalf of the Washington State Department of Transportation opened the new I-5 northbound Bakerview on-ramp to traffic today.

State Route 401 near Naselle remains closed in Pacific County

Posted 11/04/2021

NASELLE – Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews have closed a 9-mile stretch of State Route 401, also known as Lewis and Clark Trail Highway, after heavy rainfall on Wednesday, Oct. 27, triggered a debris slide on to the roadway.

New ramp meters activated soon in Pierce County

Posted 11/02/2021

LAKEWOOD – Technology that helps reduce highway travel times is coming soon to travelers in the Lakewood and Parkland area of Pierce County.

SR 20 North Cascades Highway seasonal closure scheduled for Nov. 15

Posted 10/27/2021

Update: North Cascades Highway to close for the season on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, due to avalanche risk.

MAZAMA – With winter weather just around the corner, the 2021 seasonal closure of State Route 20 North Cascades Highway is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 15. The road may close earlier depending on the…

Zero emission electric vehicle registrations in Washington

increased 192% between 2017 and 2021.

45 projects to improve freight rail structures and freight movement

were underway as of December 31, 2021.

Washington state leveraged $100,000 to secure $27 million

in funding for airport investments in Fiscal Year 2022.