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SR 520 traffic lanes, ramps closed during construction

SEATTLE – A series of temporary lane and ramp closures on State Route 520 are slated in coming weeks as part of the Washington State Department of Transportation’s ongoing work to build a stronger, safer highway corridor across Lake Washington.

The closures, beginning tonight, will allow WSDOT contractors for the SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program to perform a variety of important construction activities. …read more

Traffic delays expected in Central Park, WSDOT crews repairing median barrier


Motorists may encounter traffic delays on US 12 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday while crews repair highway median barrier. From 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews will close the left lanes of both eastbound and westbound US 12 along a 1.5-mile segment of highway between Central Park and Montesano. Each day…

Around-the-clock single-lane traffic on the SR 6 Willapa River Bridge

December 2013 - Pouring concrete for the new bridge deck.

Six weeks after setting girders, crews complete the rebar framework for the new bridge deck and start pouring concrete.

MENLO – Drivers on State Route 6 at the Willapa River Bridge will encounter 10 weeks of around-the-clock single-lane traffic beginning this week. Drivers can expect five-minute delays while an automated signal alternates traffic across the bridge. Reducing SR 6 to a single lane allows crews working with the Washington State Department of Transportation to rebuild…

WSDOT: Drivers should check conditions and slow down

WSDOT crews are working to keep traffic moving across Washington. Forecasts call for a blast of moisture into Western Washington mixing with the temperatures hovering near freezing overnight and into Tuesday. Drivers need to be prepared for ice across the state, especially those travelling on shaded roadways, bridges and overpasses. See more on the WSDOT blog.


Protect yourself and your passengers. Allow extra time to reach your destination during inclement weather.


  • Drive for conditions – slower speeds, slower acceleration.
  • Use your headlights.
  • Four-wheel and all-wheel vehicles do not stop or steer better on ice.
  • Leave extra room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Remember, the larger the vehicle, the longer the stopping distance.
  • Slow down when approaching intersections, offramps, bridges, or shady spots.
  • If you find yourself behind a WSDOT truck, stay behind it until it is safe to pass. Remember that truck provides the driver  a limited field of vision.


Western Washington braces for winter driving conditions

OLYMPIA – Whether it’s heading home from work or heading to watch the Seahawks attempt to keep their home game winning streak intact, Puget Sound area drivers are urged prepare for possible snow and ice to during the Monday afternoon drive.

The current lowland forecast calls for freezing temperatures and possible snow between Everett and Canada by early Monday morning, and arriving in the Seattle area by Monday afternoon.

“WSDOT maintenance crews will be out in force as this storm system moves in,” said Dave McCormick, WSDOT assistant regional administrator for maintenance and operations. “We will have 40 trucks in the Greater Puget Sound area working to keep the roads clear. But we need drivers to prepare themselves and their cars for winter driving conditions.”

WSDOT, WSP and transit agencies are working together to keep traffic moving as more than 65,000 fans are expected for a nationally televised game at CenturyLink field in Seattle. - Dave McCormick, WSDOT assistant regional administrator

Public invited to comment on Regional Transportation Plan

OLYMPIA – The Peninsula Regional Transportation Planning Organization invites the public to attend any of four public meetings to learn more about a Regional Transportation Plan and to comment on the future vision of transportation for the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas. 

The Regional Transportation Plan (12 MB) is designed to promote and guide efficient and sustainable transportation systems on the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas. It was developed as a shared vision of how strategic transportation planning can create a better future for residents and businesses on the peninsulas. 

Anyone can participate by visiting one of the following public meetings or by electronically submitting comments by Dec. 31 to Patrick Babineau. The same materials will be presented at all locations. 

Time to trade those sunglasses and sandals for ice scrapers and chains

OLYMPIA – As state highway crews shift into winter gear, they have a few words of advice for drivers: be prepared and slow down.

Those simple words of wisdom could be the difference between a long wait on the highway or more time for family and fun.

“The last thing we want to do is see a car in the ditch,” said Mike Krahenbuhl, maintenance supervisor on Interstate 90 at Hyak. “That usually means the driver was going too fast or had to avoid someone else going too fast.”

Krahenbuhl has spent more than 40 years clearing snow and ice from Washington’s roadways. He said it takes just one person driving too fast or forgetting to prepare their vehicle for cold weather to cause a chain-reaction collision.

And it’s not just in the mountains, said Monty Mills, snow and ice program manager for the Washington State Department of Transportation.

“Prepare your car and prepare yourself for the conditions you will be driving into,” said Mills. “When the temperature drops, drivers all over the state need to be ready. We’re working to keep the highways open but need drivers’ help.”

Independent review of WSDOT mega projects released

OLYMPIA – An independent review of the Washington State Department of Transportation’s management of its largest projects recommends improvements that the DOT says will strengthen the agency’s delivery record and ensure better stewardship of taxpayer dollars. 

The report was commissioned in March 2013 by Washington state Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson to provide specific recommendations on how the agency can learn from recent errors and prevent them from occurring on future projects. 

“WSDOT is charged with building and maintaining a safe, reliable, and efficient transportation system for our state. When I joined the agency, I requested a review of how WSDOT conducts business to ensure we are delivering all of our projects on time and on budget,” said Secretary Peterson. “I wanted to know, ‘What lessons can we learn from recent mistakes to ensure that similar situations don’t happen again?’”