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Transportation Secretary Hammond leads western states in highlighting progress on stimulus project spending

SEATTLE- Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond and state department of transportation directors from 17 states hosted a news conference today highlighting the rapid pace of delivering federal Recovery Act jobs and highway projects bolstering the nation's economic recovery.

Nationwide 2,000 construction projects with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are already underway with more to come in the months ahead.  Hammond, Caltrans Director Will Kempton, and Utah Department of Transportation Executive Director John Njord each conveyed how thousands of projects were approved by states in record time, and below budget estimates.


Be safe and avoid the headache with a check of WSDOT’s Memorial Day Weekend...

OLYMPIA - Memorial Day is the kick-off to the summer travel season, and a few minutes of planning could make your weekend travel more safe and less aggravating.

WSDOT offers many ways to know before you go, including our web site, http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/, and the 24-hour traveler information line, 5-1-1

WSDOT also has listed on the Web site the times and places drivers may likely see holiday weekend delays: US 2, I-90, I-5 at the Canadian Border and I-5 south of Olympia through Lewis County.

Work at most construction projects around the state will move off the highway from noon Friday until Tuesday morning. Although there may not be any active construction, drivers should prepare for shifted lanes, roadway detours and reduced speed zones in places.

Commissioner Goldmark appoints two deputy supervisors

OLYMPIA – Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark today appointed two deputy supervisors at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Clay Sprague will serve as the deputy supervisor for uplands, and Chuck Turley will serve as the deputy supervisor for regulatory programs.  “Clay and Chuck have each done an exemplary job as ‘acting’ deputy supervisors in these challenging economic times. I couldn’t imagine anyone doing a better job on a permanent basis,” said Commissioner Goldmark. “Each of these gentlemen has the experience and integrity to excel in their new post. The people of Washington will be well served by Clay and Chuck.”