Northwest

Ferry ridership at lowest level in nearly 50 years

SEATTLE – Annual ridership aboard Washington State Ferries plunged by nearly 10 million customers in 2020 – a drop of 41% from the previous year – to roughly 14 million. Stay-at-home orders, remote work and decreased tourism because of COVID-19 are the main reasons for the system’s lowest yearly count since 1975.

WSDOT provides I-405/SR 167 project updates via virtual meeting with Executive Advisory Group

The Washington State Department of Transportation will host a virtual public meeting with the I-405/SR 167 Corridor Program Executive Advisory Group.

Highway barriers to be built on US 2 in Snohomish

Starting Monday, Jan. 4, a concrete barrier will be installed in the newly constructed six-foot wide median of US 2 between Bickford Avenue and just east of the State Route 9 interchange in Snohomish. The barriers will greatly reduce the risk of head-on and crossover collisions.

Limit state ferry travel to essential trips over holidays

SEATTLE – With statewide restrictions in place to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the public is being asked to limit rides on state ferries to essential purposes only over the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season.

Temporary single-lane reopening of SR 203 near Carnation begins Saturday, Dec. 19

One lane of State Route 203 between Northeast Stillwater Hill Road and Northeast 88th Street will temporarily reopen from noon Saturday, Dec. 19 to noon Monday, Jan. 4, to provide an alternative route for travelers ahead of forecasted flooding of the Snoqualmie River this weekend.

SR 9 - Unnamed Tributary to Landingstrip Creek - Fish Passage

Project news

  • This project was awarded to Barcott Construction, LLC, from Chehalis, WA in December 2020.
  • Travelers can sign up for email updates on this and other Whatcom County highway projects.

Needs & benefits

SR 203 repair effort near Carnation hits milestone

On Saturday, Dec. 12 contractor crews finished installing four drainage systems under SR 203 and an additional four in the hillside above between Stillwater Hill Road and Northeast 88th Street. This week, they will be demolishing and removing the rubble of the old highway, compacting the road base and applying new asphalt on top.

Pathway forward for ultra-high-speed travel in the Pacific Northwest detailed in new report

A new report, the 2020 Framework for the Future, sets forth a roadmap for continued work in a post-COVID-19 future to bring ultra-high-speed ground transportation to the Pacific Northwest.

I-405 - BN RR Br to Ped Trail Br & I-90/E Fork Issaquah Creek - Seismic

Project news

  • This project will advertise for bidders in spring 2021.
  • Sign up to receive email updates about this project and other Eastside area topics.

Needs & benefits

In summer 2021, our contractors will begin a project in the I-405 corridor that will strengthen several overpasses to help them withstand a major earthquake. These include structures that carry I-405 over:

SR 509 Completion Project reaches a major milestone with $264 million apparent best value proposal

The apparent best value contractor is selected for the next stage of construction for the SR 509 Completion Project. which is part of the Puget Sound Gateway Program. The work takes place from Kent to SeaTac and builds the first mile of a new SR 509 Expressway. Guy F. Atkinson Construction is the apparent best value winner.

Check schedules if you must ride a state ferry over Thanksgiving weekend

SEATTLE – People catching a state ferry for essential travel over Thanksgiving weekend should review sailing schedules in advance. Several routes are operating on modified timetables under Washington State Ferries’ COVID-19 Response Service Plan that are different from years past.

Extended, full closure of SR 203 near Carnation for repairs begins Tuesday, Dec. 1

Travelers need to prepare for a lengthy closure of State Route 203 south of Stillwater Hill Road beginning Tuesday, Dec. 1. A signed detour is expected to be in place until mid-January as contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation install drainage under this section highway and as well as on the hillside above.

Chinook and Cayuse passes closed for the season due to heavy snow

The gates to State Routes 410 and 123 inside Mount Rainier National Park, including Chinook and Cayuse passes, are closed for the season after heavy snow and a forecast of more to come.
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Public invited to attend SR 526 virtual open house

Community members are invited to learn more the SR 526 corridor improvement project through an online open house, which closes Dec. 11.

Washington State Ferries to honor veterans Wednesday with moment of silence

SEATTLE – At 11:11 a.m. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, Washington State Ferries will observe two minutes of silence to recognize the bravery and sacrifice of the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

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