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State of Washington Department of Transportation News

Crews to build new off-ramp from SR 520 to Lake Washington Boulevard

Crews with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will soon finish constructing a new off-ramp that will allow drivers to travel from westbound State Route 520 directly to Lake Washington Boulevard. The new off-ramp will be open Wednesday and cross the bridge on 24th Avenue East in order to give drivers access to Lake Washington Boulevard. Read More »

WSF launches fourth new Olympic Class ferry

Washington State Ferries (WSF) will launch the construction of its fourth new Olympic Class ferry, which is receiving funds from the Connecting Washington package for transportation finances, in Jan. Officials from the WSF recently signed a Notice to Proceed agreement with Vigor Industrial, a shipbuilder company. The agreement is for the shipbuilder’s construction on the ferry. Read More »

Testing continues on Seattle tunneling machine

A new round of testing began Tuesday for the Washington State Route 99 tunneling machine "Bertha" near Pier 48 as it installed a tunnel ring at the bottom of a 120-foot-deep access pit. STP plans to dig a little farther in the access pit tunnel before stopping for the holidays. Digging resumes after Jan. 1 and continues toward a planned maintenance stop 450 feet farther north. Read More »

WDOT hopes to reopen White Pass in time for Xmas

Crews working with the Washington Department of Transportation (WDOT) are working to reopen White Pass in time for Christmas. The main section of repairs is taking place to the west of White Pass, where most of the damage occurred from a washout. Still, the destruction located at milepost 141 is nearly repaired; filling material is based approximately half up the pass. Read More »

Open house scheduled for roundabout on No See-Um Road

WSDOT will hold an open house discussion Dec. 20, regarding the roundabout project that is planned for No See-Um Road and State Route 150. The event  will start at 4 p.m. and end at 6 p.m. at the Manson Parks and Recreation building (142 Pedoi Street, Manson). The open house gives the public the chance to learn about plans, construction schedule and traffic control. Read More »

WSDOT gains funds for local airports

The Washington State Department of Transportation recently gained $35.3 million from federal airport aid to improve local airports. In 2015, WSDOT received more backing for public-use airports. In order to gain the $35.3 million, WSDOT officials needed to leverage $1.3 million in funds from the state. In addition, WSDOT gained $637,000 in aircraft excise tax fees. Read More »

Expansion joints replaced on I-5 Union Slough bridge in Washington

Construction crews recently finished work to fix roadway ruts and replace 10 aging bridge expansion joints on I-5’s Union Slough bridge near Everett, Washington. The project is part of an overall bridge preservation project that will replace 41 expansion joints on bridges located from Everett to Marysville, crossing over Steamboat, Union, and Ebey sloughs. Read More »

Construction starts on I-5 Berkeley Street overpass in Lakewood

Construction recently started on the Berkeley Street overpass above Interstate 5 in Lakewood, Washington, and motorists who typically use Berkeley Street should notice activity and construction work around the overpass as the crews begin their work; the project is the responsibility of contractor crews who will build a double-turn lane connecting southbound I-5 and Berkeley Street. Read More »

I-405 express toll lanes reduce travel time

A week after the new Interstate 405 express toll lanes were opened to commuters in early October, experts have reported that drivers have saved time 15 to 20 minutes in their daily commutes. Thanks to the double express toll lanes extending from Bothell to Bellevue, more vehicles are also on the move, with the average HOV lane volumes handlinh approximately 1,600 vehicles per hour. Read More »

Washington opens I-405 express toll lanes

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has opened 17 miles of express toll lanes on I-405. The WSDOT is asking drivers to be aware of the changing patterns on the routes between Bellevue and Lynnwood. I-405 express toll lanes will allow drivers to pay more efficiently and drive. Transit, vanpools, motorcycles with passes can travel for free in these lanes. Read More »

State of Washington reports improved bridge conditions

WSDOT reported Monday from Olympia that a vast majority of bridges in the state, calculated by deck area, are in fair condition or better. With over 49 million square feet total, including approximately 700,000 square feet more than half a decade ago, the WSDOT compared the measurement as an area equivalent to a two-lane highway extending between Seattle and Spokane. Read More »

Washington opens I-405 express toll lanes

The Washington State Department of Transportation opened 17 miles of express toll lanes on Interstate 405 between Bellevue and Lynnwood on Sunday, marking a notable day for commuters given new options. WSDOT urges drivers to keep an eye out for changing patterns on the route. Changes include new carpool rules, account and pass settings adjustments, and modified lane markings. Read More »