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A smoother ride is coming to those who travel SR 500 in Clark County; expect delays during paving

A smoother ride is coming to those who travel SR 500 in Clark County; expect delays during paving

SR 500 Paving in Clark County
[email protected] June 30, 2022 - 7:49am
Date
Kelly Hanahan
Communications
Road
News summary
CLARK COUNTY– Beginning Tuesday, July 5, travelers should expect delays during paving work on a nearly 10-mile stretch of Fourth Plain Boulevard, also called State Route 500, between Northeast 162nd Avenue and Northeast Leadbetter Road near Camas.

Safety improvements include slower speeds and removal of passing zones

CLARK COUNTY– Beginning Tuesday, July 5, travelers should expect delays during paving work on a nearly 10-mile stretch of Fourth Plain Boulevard, also called State Route 500, between Northeast 162nd Avenue and Northeast Leadbetter Road near Camas.

In addition to a safer, smoother roadway to preserve SR 500, speed limits are being reduced to slow traffic down in the corridor and passing zones are being eliminated to improve safety for people traveling on the highway.

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will pave both directions during a two-month period. Beginning July 5, people traveling on this portion of SR 500 should plan for:

  • Delays up to 20 minutes.
  • Daytime and nighttime closures.
  • Travel limited to a single lane.
  • A pilot car to escort travelers through the work zone.
  • Residents whose driveways connect to this section of Fourth Plain Boulevard should be prepared to wait for a pilot car to navigate them through the work zone.

Speed reduction and passing zones

Beginning June 28, new permanent regulatory speed limit signing has reduced the speed limit to:

  • 40 mph between Northeast 162nd and Northeast 166th avenues in Vancouver.
  • 45 mph between Northeast 166th Avenue and Robinson Road near Camas.
  • 35 mph between Robinson Road and near Southeast Fifth Street in Camas. 

When the paving project finished in August, all existing passing zones will be closed from Northeast 166th Avenue to Northeast Hathaway Road, removing all passing opportunities on the corridor. 

A smoother ride is coming to those who travel SR 500 in Clark County; expect delays during paving

A smoother ride is coming to those who travel SR 500 in Clark County; expect delays during paving

SR 500 Paving in Clark County
[email protected] June 30, 2022 - 7:49am
Date
Kelly Hanahan
Communications
Road
News summary
CLARK COUNTY– Beginning Tuesday, July 5, travelers should expect delays during paving work on a nearly 10-mile stretch of Fourth Plain Boulevard, also called State Route 500, between Northeast 162nd Avenue and Northeast Leadbetter Road near Camas.

Safety improvements include slower speeds and removal of passing zones

CLARK COUNTY– Beginning Tuesday, July 5, travelers should expect delays during paving work on a nearly 10-mile stretch of Fourth Plain Boulevard, also called State Route 500, between Northeast 162nd Avenue and Northeast Leadbetter Road near Camas.

In addition to a safer, smoother roadway to preserve SR 500, speed limits are being reduced to slow traffic down in the corridor and passing zones are being eliminated to improve safety for people traveling on the highway.

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will pave both directions during a two-month period. Beginning July 5, people traveling on this portion of SR 500 should plan for:

  • Delays up to 20 minutes.
  • Daytime and nighttime closures.
  • Travel limited to a single lane.
  • A pilot car to escort travelers through the work zone.
  • Residents whose driveways connect to this section of Fourth Plain Boulevard should be prepared to wait for a pilot car to navigate them through the work zone.

Speed reduction and passing zones

Beginning June 28, new permanent regulatory speed limit signing has reduced the speed limit to:

  • 40 mph between Northeast 162nd and Northeast 166th avenues in Vancouver.
  • 45 mph between Northeast 166th Avenue and Robinson Road near Camas.
  • 35 mph between Robinson Road and near Southeast Fifth Street in Camas. 

When the paving project finished in August, all existing passing zones will be closed from Northeast 166th Avenue to Northeast Hathaway Road, removing all passing opportunities on the corridor. 

A smoother ride is coming to those who travel SR 500 in Clark County; expect delays during paving

A smoother ride is coming to those who travel SR 500 in Clark County; expect delays during paving

SR 500 Paving in Clark County
[email protected] June 30, 2022 - 7:49am
Date
Kelly Hanahan
Communications
Road
News summary
CLARK COUNTY– Beginning Tuesday, July 5, travelers should expect delays during paving work on a nearly 10-mile stretch of Fourth Plain Boulevard, also called State Route 500, between Northeast 162nd Avenue and Northeast Leadbetter Road near Camas.

Safety improvements include slower speeds and removal of passing zones

CLARK COUNTY– Beginning Tuesday, July 5, travelers should expect delays during paving work on a nearly 10-mile stretch of Fourth Plain Boulevard, also called State Route 500, between Northeast 162nd Avenue and Northeast Leadbetter Road near Camas.

In addition to a safer, smoother roadway to preserve SR 500, speed limits are being reduced to slow traffic down in the corridor and passing zones are being eliminated to improve safety for people traveling on the highway.

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will pave both directions during a two-month period. Beginning July 5, people traveling on this portion of SR 500 should plan for:

  • Delays up to 20 minutes.
  • Daytime and nighttime closures.
  • Travel limited to a single lane.
  • A pilot car to escort travelers through the work zone.
  • Residents whose driveways connect to this section of Fourth Plain Boulevard should be prepared to wait for a pilot car to navigate them through the work zone.

Speed reduction and passing zones

Beginning June 28, new permanent regulatory speed limit signing has reduced the speed limit to:

  • 40 mph between Northeast 162nd and Northeast 166th avenues in Vancouver.
  • 45 mph between Northeast 166th Avenue and Robinson Road near Camas.
  • 35 mph between Robinson Road and near Southeast Fifth Street in Camas. 

When the paving project finished in August, all existing passing zones will be closed from Northeast 166th Avenue to Northeast Hathaway Road, removing all passing opportunities on the corridor. 

Community voices needed to plan the future of SR 167

Community voices needed to plan the future of SR 167 [email protected] June 28, 2022 - 11:50am

Date
Amy Danberg
Communications
Road
News summary
The public is invited to provide input on future improvements to State Route 167. Travel along the often-congested highway could be transformed through transportation investments that consider the needs of fast-growing communities along the corridor.

KENT – The public is invited to provide input on future improvements to State Route 167. Travel along the often-congested highway could be transformed through transportation investments that consider the needs of fast-growing communities along the corridor.

An online open house with information on recent research and engagement related to the SR 167 Master Plan is now available. The master plan is a study to identify potential near-, medium- and long-term multimodal strategies to meet traffic demand.

A survey allows online open house participants help the Washington State Department of Transportation think about how to prioritize future investments that could improve the movement of personal vehicles, transit and freight along the corridor. Feedback will be accepted through Friday, July 29.

The study considers the existing SR 167 between Renton and Puyallup, as well as a future extension of the highway to SR 509 at the Port of Tacoma. WSDOT will also consider the local transportation system.

This is the first of two online open houses planned for the master planning process. The next opportunity will focus on study outcomes.

Online open house information

When: Open through Friday, July 29

Where: Online at engage.wsdot.wa.gov/sr167masterplan

Details: Available in English, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese

Access for participation

Free Wi-Fi access is available through the King County Library System, the Puyallup Public Library, the Pierce County Library System and Tacoma Public Library. Additional free Wi-Fi locations are provided through the Washington State Department of Commerce.

The public is also invited to comment by phone at 800-574-9450.

About the SR 167 Master Plan

The SR 167 corridor runs through the heart of one of the fastest-growing areas in the state. Communities along the highway are diverse with varying social and economic backgrounds, along with a mix of businesses and employment opportunities. As the area has grown, so has strain on transportation infrastructure and services, resulting in increased traffic congestion and need for maintenance and preservation. In response to this need, the Washington Legislature funded development of the SR 167 Master Plan, directing WSDOT to analyze data and engage area communities to identify near-, medium- and long-term multimodal transportation needs and strategies along the SR 167 corridor. The final report is expected in early 2023.

Community voices needed to plan the future of SR 167

Community voices needed to plan the future of SR 167 [email protected] June 28, 2022 - 11:50am

Date
Amy Danberg
Communications
Road
News summary
The public is invited to provide input on future improvements to State Route 167. Travel along the often-congested highway could be transformed through transportation investments that consider the needs of fast-growing communities along the corridor.

KENT – The public is invited to provide input on future improvements to State Route 167. Travel along the often-congested highway could be transformed through transportation investments that consider the needs of fast-growing communities along the corridor.

An online open house with information on recent research and engagement related to the SR 167 Master Plan is now available. The master plan is a study to identify potential near-, medium- and long-term multimodal strategies to meet traffic demand.

A survey allows online open house participants help the Washington State Department of Transportation think about how to prioritize future investments that could improve the movement of personal vehicles, transit and freight along the corridor. Feedback will be accepted through Friday, July 29.

The study considers the existing SR 167 between Renton and Puyallup, as well as a future extension of the highway to SR 509 at the Port of Tacoma. WSDOT will also consider the local transportation system.

This is the first of two online open houses planned for the master planning process. The next opportunity will focus on study outcomes.

Online open house information

When: Open through Friday, July 29

Where: Online at engage.wsdot.wa.gov/sr167masterplan

Details: Available in English, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese

Access for participation

Free Wi-Fi access is available through the King County Library System, the Puyallup Public Library, the Pierce County Library System and Tacoma Public Library. Additional free Wi-Fi locations are provided through the Washington State Department of Commerce.

The public is also invited to comment by phone at 800-574-9450.

About the SR 167 Master Plan

The SR 167 corridor runs through the heart of one of the fastest-growing areas in the state. Communities along the highway are diverse with varying social and economic backgrounds, along with a mix of businesses and employment opportunities. As the area has grown, so has strain on transportation infrastructure and services, resulting in increased traffic congestion and need for maintenance and preservation. In response to this need, the Washington Legislature funded development of the SR 167 Master Plan, directing WSDOT to analyze data and engage area communities to identify near-, medium- and long-term multimodal transportation needs and strategies along the SR 167 corridor. The final report is expected in early 2023.

Community voices needed to plan the future of SR 167

Community voices needed to plan the future of SR 167 [email protected] June 28, 2022 - 11:50am

Date
Amy Danberg
Communications
Road
News summary
The public is invited to provide input on future improvements to State Route 167. Travel along the often-congested highway could be transformed through transportation investments that consider the needs of fast-growing communities along the corridor.

KENT – The public is invited to provide input on future improvements to State Route 167. Travel along the often-congested highway could be transformed through transportation investments that consider the needs of fast-growing communities along the corridor.

An online open house with information on recent research and engagement related to the SR 167 Master Plan is now available. The master plan is a study to identify potential near-, medium- and long-term multimodal strategies to meet traffic demand.

A survey allows online open house participants help the Washington State Department of Transportation think about how to prioritize future investments that could improve the movement of personal vehicles, transit and freight along the corridor. Feedback will be accepted through Friday, July 29.

The study considers the existing SR 167 between Renton and Puyallup, as well as a future extension of the highway to SR 509 at the Port of Tacoma. WSDOT will also consider the local transportation system.

This is the first of two online open houses planned for the master planning process. The next opportunity will focus on study outcomes.

Online open house information

When: Open through Friday, July 29

Where: Online at engage.wsdot.wa.gov/sr167masterplan

Details: Available in English, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese

Access for participation

Free Wi-Fi access is available through the King County Library System, the Puyallup Public Library, the Pierce County Library System and Tacoma Public Library. Additional free Wi-Fi locations are provided through the Washington State Department of Commerce.

The public is also invited to comment by phone at 800-574-9450.

About the SR 167 Master Plan

The SR 167 corridor runs through the heart of one of the fastest-growing areas in the state. Communities along the highway are diverse with varying social and economic backgrounds, along with a mix of businesses and employment opportunities. As the area has grown, so has strain on transportation infrastructure and services, resulting in increased traffic congestion and need for maintenance and preservation. In response to this need, the Washington Legislature funded development of the SR 167 Master Plan, directing WSDOT to analyze data and engage area communities to identify near-, medium- and long-term multimodal transportation needs and strategies along the SR 167 corridor. The final report is expected in early 2023.

Independence Day travel rush to bring long waits for people driving onto a ferry

Independence Day travel rush to bring long waits for people driving onto a ferry [email protected] June 28, 2022 - 8:14am

Date
Ian Sterling
communications
WSF media hotline
News summary
SEATTLE – Fourth of July travelers planning a state ferry ride over the holiday weekend should be prepared for long waits if boarding in a vehicle. In addition, all riders should regularly check online sailing schedules, as some timetables are dependent on crewing levels.

Check online schedules often, especially for Edmonds/Kingston route

SEATTLE – Fourth of July travelers planning a state ferry ride over the holiday weekend should be prepared for long waits if boarding in a vehicle. In addition, all riders should regularly check online sailing schedules, as some timetables are dependent on crewing levels.

Schedules are likely to change most frequently on the Edmonds/Kingston route, where a second boat is added daily if crews are available. Customers are encouraged to sign up for rider alerts to receive an update each night and morning on what schedule is operating on each run.

Washington State Ferries is restoring service on a route-by-route basis outlined in its COVID-19 Service Restoration Plan (PDF 794KB). As shown in the latest plan Progress Report (PDF 587KB), service has returned to pre-pandemic levels on the Seattle/Bainbridge, Mukilteo/Clinton and Anacortes/San Juan Islands routes.

“With elevated cases of COVID-19, and continued vessel and crewing availability constraints, our service restoration efforts have slowed considerably in recent weeks,” said Patty Rubstello, head of WSF. “While we continue to hire new employees, our biggest issue is a lack of licensed deck officers such as captains and mates, who require significant training time. To encourage current crewmembers to become licensed deck officers, we’re developing a ‘Pilotage Training Program,’ so they’ll be paid to train as pilots and take required exams.”

Busy travel times

Ferries are popular every holiday weekend and people boarding a ferry by vehicle should be prepared for long waits. The busiest sailings will be westbound (or onto an island) Thursday, June 30 and Friday, July 1, then eastbound (or off island) Monday and Tuesday, July 4-5. To reduce or eliminate waiting, riders may consider taking an early morning or late-night sailing or walking on.

Before heading to a terminal or boarding, people driving on board should check terminal conditions. Anacortes/San Juan Islands and Port Townsend/Coupeville routes also offer vehicle reservations.

Holiday schedules

On Independence Day, July 4, there will be a few holiday schedule changes for the Anacortes/San Juan Islands, Mukilteo/Clinton and Point Defiance/Tahlequah runs, along with the Edmonds/Kingston route if supplemental service is added. The Seattle/Bainbridge Island run will operate on a Saturday timetable and the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route will run a Sunday timetable. Holiday sailings are marked on the schedules for each route.

It is against the law to set off or transport illegal fireworks aboard a state ferry.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends that people wear face masks in indoor public transportation settings, but they are no longer required.

People using state highways to get to the ferry terminal should plan for potential holiday travel backups and delays by checking real-time traffic information on the WSDOT traffic app for mobile devices or online using the updated WSDOT travel map feature.

WSF, a division of the Washington State Department of Transportation, is the largest ferry system in the U.S. and safely and efficiently carries tens of millions of people a year through some of the most majestic scenery in the world. For breaking news and the latest information, follow WSF on Twitter and Facebook.

Independence Day travel rush to bring long waits for people driving onto a ferry

Independence Day travel rush to bring long waits for people driving onto a ferry [email protected] June 28, 2022 - 8:14am

Date
Ian Sterling
communications
WSF media hotline
News summary
SEATTLE – Fourth of July travelers planning a state ferry ride over the holiday weekend should be prepared for long waits if boarding in a vehicle. In addition, all riders should regularly check online sailing schedules, as some timetables are dependent on crewing levels.

Check online schedules often, especially for Edmonds/Kingston route

SEATTLE – Fourth of July travelers planning a state ferry ride over the holiday weekend should be prepared for long waits if boarding in a vehicle. In addition, all riders should regularly check online sailing schedules, as some timetables are dependent on crewing levels.

Schedules are likely to change most frequently on the Edmonds/Kingston route, where a second boat is added daily if crews are available. Customers are encouraged to sign up for rider alerts to receive an update each night and morning on what schedule is operating on each run.

Washington State Ferries is restoring service on a route-by-route basis outlined in its COVID-19 Service Restoration Plan (PDF 794KB). As shown in the latest plan Progress Report (PDF 587KB), service has returned to pre-pandemic levels on the Seattle/Bainbridge, Mukilteo/Clinton and Anacortes/San Juan Islands routes.

“With elevated cases of COVID-19, and continued vessel and crewing availability constraints, our service restoration efforts have slowed considerably in recent weeks,” said Patty Rubstello, head of WSF. “While we continue to hire new employees, our biggest issue is a lack of licensed deck officers such as captains and mates, who require significant training time. To encourage current crewmembers to become licensed deck officers, we’re developing a ‘Pilotage Training Program,’ so they’ll be paid to train as pilots and take required exams.”

Busy travel times

Ferries are popular every holiday weekend and people boarding a ferry by vehicle should be prepared for long waits. The busiest sailings will be westbound (or onto an island) Thursday, June 30 and Friday, July 1, then eastbound (or off island) Monday and Tuesday, July 4-5. To reduce or eliminate waiting, riders may consider taking an early morning or late-night sailing or walking on.

Before heading to a terminal or boarding, people driving on board should check terminal conditions. Anacortes/San Juan Islands and Port Townsend/Coupeville routes also offer vehicle reservations.

Holiday schedules

On Independence Day, July 4, there will be a few holiday schedule changes for the Anacortes/San Juan Islands, Mukilteo/Clinton and Point Defiance/Tahlequah runs, along with the Edmonds/Kingston route if supplemental service is added. The Seattle/Bainbridge Island run will operate on a Saturday timetable and the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route will run a Sunday timetable. Holiday sailings are marked on the schedules for each route.

It is against the law to set off or transport illegal fireworks aboard a state ferry.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends that people wear face masks in indoor public transportation settings, but they are no longer required.

People using state highways to get to the ferry terminal should plan for potential holiday travel backups and delays by checking real-time traffic information on the WSDOT traffic app for mobile devices or online using the updated WSDOT travel map feature.

WSF, a division of the Washington State Department of Transportation, is the largest ferry system in the U.S. and safely and efficiently carries tens of millions of people a year through some of the most majestic scenery in the world. For breaking news and the latest information, follow WSF on Twitter and Facebook.

Independence Day travel rush to bring long waits for people driving onto a ferry

Independence Day travel rush to bring long waits for people driving onto a ferry [email protected] June 28, 2022 - 8:14am

Date
Ian Sterling
communications
WSF media hotline
News summary
SEATTLE – Fourth of July travelers planning a state ferry ride over the holiday weekend should be prepared for long waits if boarding in a vehicle. In addition, all riders should regularly check online sailing schedules, as some timetables are dependent on crewing levels.

Check online schedules often, especially for Edmonds/Kingston route

SEATTLE – Fourth of July travelers planning a state ferry ride over the holiday weekend should be prepared for long waits if boarding in a vehicle. In addition, all riders should regularly check online sailing schedules, as some timetables are dependent on crewing levels.

Schedules are likely to change most frequently on the Edmonds/Kingston route, where a second boat is added daily if crews are available. Customers are encouraged to sign up for rider alerts to receive an update each night and morning on what schedule is operating on each run.

Washington State Ferries is restoring service on a route-by-route basis outlined in its COVID-19 Service Restoration Plan (PDF 794KB). As shown in the latest plan Progress Report (PDF 587KB), service has returned to pre-pandemic levels on the Seattle/Bainbridge, Mukilteo/Clinton and Anacortes/San Juan Islands routes.

“With elevated cases of COVID-19, and continued vessel and crewing availability constraints, our service restoration efforts have slowed considerably in recent weeks,” said Patty Rubstello, head of WSF. “While we continue to hire new employees, our biggest issue is a lack of licensed deck officers such as captains and mates, who require significant training time. To encourage current crewmembers to become licensed deck officers, we’re developing a ‘Pilotage Training Program,’ so they’ll be paid to train as pilots and take required exams.”

Busy travel times

Ferries are popular every holiday weekend and people boarding a ferry by vehicle should be prepared for long waits. The busiest sailings will be westbound (or onto an island) Thursday, June 30 and Friday, July 1, then eastbound (or off island) Monday and Tuesday, July 4-5. To reduce or eliminate waiting, riders may consider taking an early morning or late-night sailing or walking on.

Before heading to a terminal or boarding, people driving on board should check terminal conditions. Anacortes/San Juan Islands and Port Townsend/Coupeville routes also offer vehicle reservations.

Holiday schedules

On Independence Day, July 4, there will be a few holiday schedule changes for the Anacortes/San Juan Islands, Mukilteo/Clinton and Point Defiance/Tahlequah runs, along with the Edmonds/Kingston route if supplemental service is added. The Seattle/Bainbridge Island run will operate on a Saturday timetable and the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route will run a Sunday timetable. Holiday sailings are marked on the schedules for each route.

It is against the law to set off or transport illegal fireworks aboard a state ferry.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends that people wear face masks in indoor public transportation settings, but they are no longer required.

People using state highways to get to the ferry terminal should plan for potential holiday travel backups and delays by checking real-time traffic information on the WSDOT traffic app for mobile devices or online using the updated WSDOT travel map feature.

WSF, a division of the Washington State Department of Transportation, is the largest ferry system in the U.S. and safely and efficiently carries tens of millions of people a year through some of the most majestic scenery in the world. For breaking news and the latest information, follow WSF on Twitter and Facebook.

Public invited to comment on the future of safety rest areas in WSDOT’s strategic plan

Public invited to comment on the future of safety rest areas in WSDOT’s strategic plan [email protected] June 28, 2022 - 7:17am

Date
Tina Werner
Communications
News summary
An online open house is now available for travelers, freight haulers, business owners and others to provide feedback on the future of safety rest areas across Washington state.

Online open house available through Sept. 5

OLYMPIA – An online open house is now available for travelers, freight haulers, business owners and others to provide feedback on the future of safety rest areas across Washington state. Input will be used to make decisions about the program's maintenance and operations and to update the Washington State Department of Transportation's strategic plan for rest areas.

The online open house is available through 5 p.m. Sept. 5 and allows participants to learn more about the strategic plan process as well as leave comments or feedback.

"This outreach will inform our strategic plan, which shapes the overall operations of our 47 safety rest areas," said Safety Rest Area Planning Manager Angela Vigil. "It's an important conversation as we work with our regional maintenance crews, agency leaders and partners on priorities and establish a clearer vision for the future of this program for all travelers."

The public will have the opportunity to comment on safety, facility conditions, freight parking, site operations, traveler needs, WSDOT's free coffee program and funding challenges. The agency will begin writing the draft strategic plan this fall, which also will be available for public review and comment. The plan is expected to be finalized in spring 2023.

Online open house information

When: June 27 to Sept. 5

Where: Engage.wsdot.wa.gov/safety-rest-areas/

Details: The online open house is available to access 24/7, whenever best fits individual schedules. The open house includes:

  • Strategic plan information
  • Understanding the Safety Rest Area Program 
  • Timeline and next steps

Free, temporary internet access is available at several sites across the state for those who do not have broadband service. A list of sites can be found online at: www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/washington-state-drive-in-wifi-hotspots-location-finder/

About WSDOT's Safety Rest Area Program

WSDOT owns and operates 47 safety rest areas statewide. While services at each site vary, most offer general visitor information, electric vehicle charging stations, a place for travelers to rest (8 hours for vehicles and 11 for freight haulers in accordance with federal law), picnic areas, restrooms, drinking water, RV dumping stations, vending machines, and free coffee as part of WSDOT's free coffee program by local volunteer groups.

Public invited to comment on the future of safety rest areas in WSDOT’s strategic plan

Public invited to comment on the future of safety rest areas in WSDOT’s strategic plan [email protected] June 28, 2022 - 7:17am

Date
Tina Werner
Communications
News summary
An online open house is now available for travelers, freight haulers, business owners and others to provide feedback on the future of safety rest areas across Washington state.

Online open house available through Sept. 5

OLYMPIA – An online open house is now available for travelers, freight haulers, business owners and others to provide feedback on the future of safety rest areas across Washington state. Input will be used to make decisions about the program's maintenance and operations and to update the Washington State Department of Transportation's strategic plan for rest areas.

The online open house is available through 5 p.m. Sept. 5 and allows participants to learn more about the strategic plan process as well as leave comments or feedback.

"This outreach will inform our strategic plan, which shapes the overall operations of our 47 safety rest areas," said Safety Rest Area Planning Manager Angela Vigil. "It's an important conversation as we work with our regional maintenance crews, agency leaders and partners on priorities and establish a clearer vision for the future of this program for all travelers."

The public will have the opportunity to comment on safety, facility conditions, freight parking, site operations, traveler needs, WSDOT's free coffee program and funding challenges. The agency will begin writing the draft strategic plan this fall, which also will be available for public review and comment. The plan is expected to be finalized in spring 2023.

Online open house information

When: June 27 to Sept. 5

Where: Engage.wsdot.wa.gov/safety-rest-areas/

Details: The online open house is available to access 24/7, whenever best fits individual schedules. The open house includes:

  • Strategic plan information
  • Understanding the Safety Rest Area Program 
  • Timeline and next steps

Free, temporary internet access is available at several sites across the state for those who do not have broadband service. A list of sites can be found online at: www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/washington-state-drive-in-wifi-hotspots-location-finder/

About WSDOT's Safety Rest Area Program

WSDOT owns and operates 47 safety rest areas statewide. While services at each site vary, most offer general visitor information, electric vehicle charging stations, a place for travelers to rest (8 hours for vehicles and 11 for freight haulers in accordance with federal law), picnic areas, restrooms, drinking water, RV dumping stations, vending machines, and free coffee as part of WSDOT's free coffee program by local volunteer groups.

Public invited to comment on the future of safety rest areas in WSDOT’s strategic plan

Public invited to comment on the future of safety rest areas in WSDOT’s strategic plan [email protected] June 28, 2022 - 7:17am

Date
Tina Werner
Communications
News summary
An online open house is now available for travelers, freight haulers, business owners and others to provide feedback on the future of safety rest areas across Washington state.

Online open house available through Sept. 5

OLYMPIA – An online open house is now available for travelers, freight haulers, business owners and others to provide feedback on the future of safety rest areas across Washington state. Input will be used to make decisions about the program's maintenance and operations and to update the Washington State Department of Transportation's strategic plan for rest areas.

The online open house is available through 5 p.m. Sept. 5 and allows participants to learn more about the strategic plan process as well as leave comments or feedback.

"This outreach will inform our strategic plan, which shapes the overall operations of our 47 safety rest areas," said Safety Rest Area Planning Manager Angela Vigil. "It's an important conversation as we work with our regional maintenance crews, agency leaders and partners on priorities and establish a clearer vision for the future of this program for all travelers."

The public will have the opportunity to comment on safety, facility conditions, freight parking, site operations, traveler needs, WSDOT's free coffee program and funding challenges. The agency will begin writing the draft strategic plan this fall, which also will be available for public review and comment. The plan is expected to be finalized in spring 2023.

Online open house information

When: June 27 to Sept. 5

Where: Engage.wsdot.wa.gov/safety-rest-areas/

Details: The online open house is available to access 24/7, whenever best fits individual schedules. The open house includes:

  • Strategic plan information
  • Understanding the Safety Rest Area Program 
  • Timeline and next steps

Free, temporary internet access is available at several sites across the state for those who do not have broadband service. A list of sites can be found online at: www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/washington-state-drive-in-wifi-hotspots-location-finder/

About WSDOT's Safety Rest Area Program

WSDOT owns and operates 47 safety rest areas statewide. While services at each site vary, most offer general visitor information, electric vehicle charging stations, a place for travelers to rest (8 hours for vehicles and 11 for freight haulers in accordance with federal law), picnic areas, restrooms, drinking water, RV dumping stations, vending machines, and free coffee as part of WSDOT's free coffee program by local volunteer groups.

Expect big backups during weekend lane closures on SR 303 Warren Avenue Bridge in Bremerton

Expect big backups during weekend lane closures on SR 303 Warren Avenue Bridge in Bremerton [email protected] June 27, 2022 - 11:01am

Date
Doug Adamson
communications
Road
News summary
Travelers who use the State Route 303 Warren Avenue Bridge in Bremerton will want to plan for possible miles long backups over three separate weekends in July.

Traffic reduced to one lane in each direction over three weekends

BREMERTON – Travelers who use the State Route 303 Warren Avenue Bridge in Bremerton will want to plan for possible miles long backups over three separate weekends in July.

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will reduce the bridge to one lane in each direction during the following dates and times for bridge repair and preservation work:

  • 8 p.m. Friday, July 8 to 5 a.m. Monday, July 11
  • 8 p.m. Friday, July 15 to 5 a.m. Monday, July 18
  • 8 p.m. Friday, July 22 to 5 a.m. Monday, July 25

WSDOT traffic engineers anticipate miles-long backups in both directions. Because of this, people who must use the Warren Avenue Bridge are highly encouraged to:

  • Only travel if necessary and avoid discretionary trips.
  • Travel earlier in the day or later in the evening when traffic volumes are lower.
  • Use transit, carpool, vanpool or work from home or remote office locations if possible.

Each weekend of work may be rescheduled on short notice due to weather. If the schedule changes, weekend closures would be moved to the next favorable weather weekend. Updated information is available via the WSDOT app and travel center map. WSDOT also provides email alerts for this project and other major roadwork in Kitsap County.

What’s happening?

The work is part of a WSDOT project to help repair and preserve bridges on state highways. Crews will remove and replace damaged areas of the roadway surface. There may be times where it appears there is little work activity. This is due to the time needed for new concrete time to harden.

Expect big backups during weekend lane closures on SR 303 Warren Avenue Bridge in Bremerton

Expect big backups during weekend lane closures on SR 303 Warren Avenue Bridge in Bremerton [email protected] June 27, 2022 - 11:01am

Date
Doug Adamson
communications
Road
News summary
Travelers who use the State Route 303 Warren Avenue Bridge in Bremerton will want to plan for possible miles long backups over three separate weekends in July.

Traffic reduced to one lane in each direction over three weekends

BREMERTON – Travelers who use the State Route 303 Warren Avenue Bridge in Bremerton will want to plan for possible miles long backups over three separate weekends in July.

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will reduce the bridge to one lane in each direction during the following dates and times for bridge repair and preservation work:

  • 8 p.m. Friday, July 8 to 5 a.m. Monday, July 11
  • 8 p.m. Friday, July 15 to 5 a.m. Monday, July 18
  • 8 p.m. Friday, July 22 to 5 a.m. Monday, July 25

WSDOT traffic engineers anticipate miles-long backups in both directions. Because of this, people who must use the Warren Avenue Bridge are highly encouraged to:

  • Only travel if necessary and avoid discretionary trips.
  • Travel earlier in the day or later in the evening when traffic volumes are lower.
  • Use transit, carpool, vanpool or work from home or remote office locations if possible.

Each weekend of work may be rescheduled on short notice due to weather. If the schedule changes, weekend closures would be moved to the next favorable weather weekend. Updated information is available via the WSDOT app and travel center map. WSDOT also provides email alerts for this project and other major roadwork in Kitsap County.

What’s happening?

The work is part of a WSDOT project to help repair and preserve bridges on state highways. Crews will remove and replace damaged areas of the roadway surface. There may be times where it appears there is little work activity. This is due to the time needed for new concrete time to harden.

Expect big backups during weekend lane closures on SR 303 Warren Avenue Bridge in Bremerton

Expect big backups during weekend lane closures on SR 303 Warren Avenue Bridge in Bremerton [email protected] June 27, 2022 - 11:01am

Date
Doug Adamson
communications
Road
News summary
Travelers who use the State Route 303 Warren Avenue Bridge in Bremerton will want to plan for possible miles long backups over three separate weekends in July.

Traffic reduced to one lane in each direction over three weekends

BREMERTON – Travelers who use the State Route 303 Warren Avenue Bridge in Bremerton will want to plan for possible miles long backups over three separate weekends in July.

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will reduce the bridge to one lane in each direction during the following dates and times for bridge repair and preservation work:

  • 8 p.m. Friday, July 8 to 5 a.m. Monday, July 11
  • 8 p.m. Friday, July 15 to 5 a.m. Monday, July 18
  • 8 p.m. Friday, July 22 to 5 a.m. Monday, July 25

WSDOT traffic engineers anticipate miles-long backups in both directions. Because of this, people who must use the Warren Avenue Bridge are highly encouraged to:

  • Only travel if necessary and avoid discretionary trips.
  • Travel earlier in the day or later in the evening when traffic volumes are lower.
  • Use transit, carpool, vanpool or work from home or remote office locations if possible.

Each weekend of work may be rescheduled on short notice due to weather. If the schedule changes, weekend closures would be moved to the next favorable weather weekend. Updated information is available via the WSDOT app and travel center map. WSDOT also provides email alerts for this project and other major roadwork in Kitsap County.

What’s happening?

The work is part of a WSDOT project to help repair and preserve bridges on state highways. Crews will remove and replace damaged areas of the roadway surface. There may be times where it appears there is little work activity. This is due to the time needed for new concrete time to harden.

To Revive I-5, we need to work almost every weekend – even Pride and Independence Day

To Revive I-5, we need to work almost every weekend – even Pride and Independence Day [email protected] June 27, 2022 - 10:38am

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Road
News summary
It's been a challenging season for replacing expansion joints on southbound Interstate 5 from I-90 to Spokane Street in Seattle.

It's been a challenging season for replacing expansion joints on southbound Interstate 5 from I-90 to Spokane Street in Seattle. We've had a couple of rainouts and we didn't work the weekend of June 18-19 due to the closure of I-405 in Bellevue.

Our contractor, C.A. Carey, plans to do this work over 15 weekends. So far, they've only be able to work two of the five scheduled. And with the possibility of more rain this season, we're taking steps to avoid further delays to this critical work.

To Revive I-5, we need to work almost every weekend – even Pride and Independence Day

To Revive I-5, we need to work almost every weekend – even Pride and Independence Day [email protected] June 27, 2022 - 10:38am

Date
Road
News summary
It's been a challenging season for replacing expansion joints on southbound Interstate 5 from I-90 to Spokane Street in Seattle.

It's been a challenging season for replacing expansion joints on southbound Interstate 5 from I-90 to Spokane Street in Seattle. We've had a couple of rainouts and we didn't work the weekend of June 18-19 due to the closure of I-405 in Bellevue.

Our contractor, C.A. Carey, plans to do this work over 15 weekends. So far, they've only be able to work two of the five scheduled. And with the possibility of more rain this season, we're taking steps to avoid further delays to this critical work.

To Revive I-5, we need to work almost every weekend – even Pride and Independence Day

To Revive I-5, we need to work almost every weekend – even Pride and Independence Day [email protected] June 27, 2022 - 10:38am

Date
Road
News summary
It's been a challenging season for replacing expansion joints on southbound Interstate 5 from I-90 to Spokane Street in Seattle.

It's been a challenging season for replacing expansion joints on southbound Interstate 5 from I-90 to Spokane Street in Seattle. We've had a couple of rainouts and we didn't work the weekend of June 18-19 due to the closure of I-405 in Bellevue.

Our contractor, C.A. Carey, plans to do this work over 15 weekends. So far, they've only be able to work two of the five scheduled. And with the possibility of more rain this season, we're taking steps to avoid further delays to this critical work.

Traveling Independence Day weekend? Plan ahead to avoid delays

Traveling Independence Day weekend? Plan ahead to avoid delays [email protected] June 27, 2022 - 10:34am

Date
Tina Werner
Communications
News summary
With the Fourth of July holiday fast approaching, the Washington State Department of Transportation’s highly anticipated travel charts are now available to help people plan ahead. The weekend prior to Monday, July 4 is expected to see increased travel on many key routes including Interstate-5, I-90 and ferry service throughout the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands.

WSDOT tools available for best times to travel on key routes

OLYMPIA – With the Fourth of July holiday fast approaching, the Washington State Department of Transportation’s highly anticipated travel charts are now available to help people plan ahead. The weekend prior to Monday, July 4 is expected to see increased travel on many key routes including Interstate-5, I-90 and ferry service throughout the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands.

The closure of the U.S.-Canadian border the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in unreliable travel data and wait times for travelers. For this reason, WSDOT will not produce travel charts for the border crossing this year. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination remains a requirement for entry into Canada.

WSDOT encourages travelers to “know before they go,” and follow these tips whether traveling across town or the beautiful Evergreen State:  

  • Get informed about WSDOT's online tools, including the WSDOT mobile app, traffic cameras and email alerts.
  • Visit online traveler information for traffic, weather, ferry schedules and a real-time travel map.
  • Follow WSDOT's social media accounts, such as several Twitter accounts and the agency Facebook page.
  • Pre-program your vehicle radio to 530 AM and 1610 AM for highway advisory radio alerts.
  • Have a backup outdoor destination if your first choice is full. If parking lots are full, find an alternative site and never park along road shoulders, as this is unsafe for everyone on the roadway.
  • Allow extra time for travel to avoid rushing or distraction.
  • Carry extra food and water as well as extra masks and hand sanitizer as an added precaution for emergencies or unexpected stops.

Highway construction paused

Most state highway construction work is suspended through the holiday weekend – including Friday, July 1 – to ease congestion. However, Revive I-5 work which requires multiple lane closures in downtown Seattle will take place beginning 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 1 through 6:30 a.m. Monday, July 4. Please stay alert for new lane shifts or work zone staging areas that may remain in place. And please give any emergency repair crews plenty of space to work safely.

Snoqualmie Pass

No construction or lane closures are planned on I-90 from Friday, July 1, until Tuesday, July 5. However, the usual holiday increase in traffic volumes means travelers should expect eastbound delays beginning on Thursday, June 30, then westbound Tuesday, July 5 (see charts for more detail). Receive text message alerts about significant delays by texting the number 468311 with the words "WSDOT Snoqualmie."

Tolling

In the Puget Sound, weekend toll rates will be in effect Saturday through Monday, July 2-4, on the SR 520 bridge and SR 99 tunnel. The I-405 express toll lanes will be free and open to all drivers on the weekend and Monday holiday.

Ferry travel

People boarding a state ferry by vehicle should prepare for long waits. Peak travel times on most routes are expected to be westbound Thursday and Friday, June 30 and July 1, then eastbound, Monday and Tuesday, July 4-5. Customers also can bypass vehicle lines by traveling as a walk-on passenger.

  • All riders should double check the sailing schedules as some routes are operating on timetables that are different than prior to the pandemic.
  • Visit the Washington State Ferries website for more details on vehicle reservations, rider alerts, checking terminal conditions and COVID-19 travel updates.
  • The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends wearing face masks on indoor transit, but they are no longer required.

Trains, airports and transit

Travelers making a trip by train, personal aircraft or bus also should plan ahead to avoid holiday delays:

  • Amtrak Cascades passengers are encouraged to purchase tickets early and should plan to arrive at the station one hour before departure. Trains are running between Seattle and Eugene, Oregon. Buses are operating for travel between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia. Masks are encouraged, but not required on all trains and buses. Visit www.amtrakcascades.com/ or call 800-USA-RAIL for tickets.
  • For information about traveling via state-sponsored airports, visit wsdot.wa.gov/travel/aviation/airports-list or call 360-788-7437.
  • Check with your local public transit agencies for any holiday schedule or service changes, including some Dial-A-Ride and fixed-route service that may not run on holidays.

Traveling Independence Day weekend? Plan ahead to avoid delays

Traveling Independence Day weekend? Plan ahead to avoid delays [email protected] June 27, 2022 - 10:34am

Date
Tina Werner
Communications
News summary
With the Fourth of July holiday fast approaching, the Washington State Department of Transportation’s highly anticipated travel charts are now available to help people plan ahead. The weekend prior to Monday, July 4 is expected to see increased travel on many key routes including Interstate-5, I-90 and ferry service throughout the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands.

WSDOT tools available for best times to travel on key routes

OLYMPIA – With the Fourth of July holiday fast approaching, the Washington State Department of Transportation’s highly anticipated travel charts are now available to help people plan ahead. The weekend prior to Monday, July 4 is expected to see increased travel on many key routes including Interstate-5, I-90 and ferry service throughout the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands.

The closure of the U.S.-Canadian border the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in unreliable travel data and wait times for travelers. For this reason, WSDOT will not produce travel charts for the border crossing this year. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination remains a requirement for entry into Canada.

WSDOT encourages travelers to “know before they go,” and follow these tips whether traveling across town or the beautiful Evergreen State:  

  • Get informed about WSDOT's online tools, including the WSDOT mobile app, traffic cameras and email alerts.
  • Visit online traveler information for traffic, weather, ferry schedules and a real-time travel map.
  • Follow WSDOT's social media accounts, such as several Twitter accounts and the agency Facebook page.
  • Pre-program your vehicle radio to 530 AM and 1610 AM for highway advisory radio alerts.
  • Have a backup outdoor destination if your first choice is full. If parking lots are full, find an alternative site and never park along road shoulders, as this is unsafe for everyone on the roadway.
  • Allow extra time for travel to avoid rushing or distraction.
  • Carry extra food and water as well as extra masks and hand sanitizer as an added precaution for emergencies or unexpected stops.

Highway construction paused

Most state highway construction work is suspended through the holiday weekend – including Friday, July 1 – to ease congestion. However, Revive I-5 work which requires multiple lane closures in downtown Seattle will take place beginning 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 1 through 6:30 a.m. Monday, July 4. Please stay alert for new lane shifts or work zone staging areas that may remain in place. And please give any emergency repair crews plenty of space to work safely.

Snoqualmie Pass

No construction or lane closures are planned on I-90 from Friday, July 1, until Tuesday, July 5. However, the usual holiday increase in traffic volumes means travelers should expect eastbound delays beginning on Thursday, June 30, then westbound Tuesday, July 5 (see charts for more detail). Receive text message alerts about significant delays by texting the number 468311 with the words "WSDOT Snoqualmie."

Tolling

In the Puget Sound, weekend toll rates will be in effect Saturday through Monday, July 2-4, on the SR 520 bridge and SR 99 tunnel. The I-405 express toll lanes will be free and open to all drivers on the weekend and Monday holiday.

Ferry travel

People boarding a state ferry by vehicle should prepare for long waits. Peak travel times on most routes are expected to be westbound Thursday and Friday, June 30 and July 1, then eastbound, Monday and Tuesday, July 4-5. Customers also can bypass vehicle lines by traveling as a walk-on passenger.

  • All riders should double check the sailing schedules as some routes are operating on timetables that are different than prior to the pandemic.
  • Visit the Washington State Ferries website for more details on vehicle reservations, rider alerts, checking terminal conditions and COVID-19 travel updates.
  • The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends wearing face masks on indoor transit, but they are no longer required.

Trains, airports and transit

Travelers making a trip by train, personal aircraft or bus also should plan ahead to avoid holiday delays:

  • Amtrak Cascades passengers are encouraged to purchase tickets early and should plan to arrive at the station one hour before departure. Trains are running between Seattle and Eugene, Oregon. Buses are operating for travel between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia. Masks are encouraged, but not required on all trains and buses. Visit www.amtrakcascades.com/ or call 800-USA-RAIL for tickets.
  • For information about traveling via state-sponsored airports, visit wsdot.wa.gov/travel/aviation/airports-list or call 360-788-7437.
  • Check with your local public transit agencies for any holiday schedule or service changes, including some Dial-A-Ride and fixed-route service that may not run on holidays.

Traveling Independence Day weekend? Plan ahead to avoid delays

Traveling Independence Day weekend? Plan ahead to avoid delays [email protected] June 27, 2022 - 10:34am

Date
Tina Werner
Communications
News summary
With the Fourth of July holiday fast approaching, the Washington State Department of Transportation’s highly anticipated travel charts are now available to help people plan ahead. The weekend prior to Monday, July 4 is expected to see increased travel on many key routes including Interstate-5, I-90 and ferry service throughout the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands.

WSDOT tools available for best times to travel on key routes

OLYMPIA – With the Fourth of July holiday fast approaching, the Washington State Department of Transportation’s highly anticipated travel charts are now available to help people plan ahead. The weekend prior to Monday, July 4 is expected to see increased travel on many key routes including Interstate-5, I-90 and ferry service throughout the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands.

The closure of the U.S.-Canadian border the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in unreliable travel data and wait times for travelers. For this reason, WSDOT will not produce travel charts for the border crossing this year. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination remains a requirement for entry into Canada.

WSDOT encourages travelers to “know before they go,” and follow these tips whether traveling across town or the beautiful Evergreen State:  

  • Get informed about WSDOT's online tools, including the WSDOT mobile app, traffic cameras and email alerts.
  • Visit online traveler information for traffic, weather, ferry schedules and a real-time travel map.
  • Follow WSDOT's social media accounts, such as several Twitter accounts and the agency Facebook page.
  • Pre-program your vehicle radio to 530 AM and 1610 AM for highway advisory radio alerts.
  • Have a backup outdoor destination if your first choice is full. If parking lots are full, find an alternative site and never park along road shoulders, as this is unsafe for everyone on the roadway.
  • Allow extra time for travel to avoid rushing or distraction.
  • Carry extra food and water as well as extra masks and hand sanitizer as an added precaution for emergencies or unexpected stops.

Highway construction paused

Most state highway construction work is suspended through the holiday weekend – including Friday, July 1 – to ease congestion. However, Revive I-5 work which requires multiple lane closures in downtown Seattle will take place beginning 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 1 through 6:30 a.m. Monday, July 4. Please stay alert for new lane shifts or work zone staging areas that may remain in place. And please give any emergency repair crews plenty of space to work safely.

Snoqualmie Pass

No construction or lane closures are planned on I-90 from Friday, July 1, until Tuesday, July 5. However, the usual holiday increase in traffic volumes means travelers should expect eastbound delays beginning on Thursday, June 30, then westbound Tuesday, July 5 (see charts for more detail). Receive text message alerts about significant delays by texting the number 468311 with the words "WSDOT Snoqualmie."

Tolling

In the Puget Sound, weekend toll rates will be in effect Saturday through Monday, July 2-4, on the SR 520 bridge and SR 99 tunnel. The I-405 express toll lanes will be free and open to all drivers on the weekend and Monday holiday.

Ferry travel

People boarding a state ferry by vehicle should prepare for long waits. Peak travel times on most routes are expected to be westbound Thursday and Friday, June 30 and July 1, then eastbound, Monday and Tuesday, July 4-5. Customers also can bypass vehicle lines by traveling as a walk-on passenger.

  • All riders should double check the sailing schedules as some routes are operating on timetables that are different than prior to the pandemic.
  • Visit the Washington State Ferries website for more details on vehicle reservations, rider alerts, checking terminal conditions and COVID-19 travel updates.
  • The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends wearing face masks on indoor transit, but they are no longer required.

Trains, airports and transit

Travelers making a trip by train, personal aircraft or bus also should plan ahead to avoid holiday delays:

  • Amtrak Cascades passengers are encouraged to purchase tickets early and should plan to arrive at the station one hour before departure. Trains are running between Seattle and Eugene, Oregon. Buses are operating for travel between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia. Masks are encouraged, but not required on all trains and buses. Visit www.amtrakcascades.com/ or call 800-USA-RAIL for tickets.
  • For information about traveling via state-sponsored airports, visit wsdot.wa.gov/travel/aviation/airports-list or call 360-788-7437.
  • Check with your local public transit agencies for any holiday schedule or service changes, including some Dial-A-Ride and fixed-route service that may not run on holidays.

Long-term closure of Chico Way on-ramp to southbound SR 3 near Bremerton

Long-term closure of Chico Way on-ramp to southbound SR 3 near Bremerton [email protected] June 27, 2022 - 8:36am

Date
Doug Adamson
communications
Road
News summary
Travelers can expect long-term changes at the Chico Way interchange near Bremerton to start this summer. The Washington State Department of Transportation will close the Chico Way on-ramp to southbound State Route 3 as soon as 9 a.m. Monday, July 11. The around-the-clock closure will continue into spring 2023. Signed detour routes will be provided.

Ramp set to close for up to a year for fish passage project

BREMERTON – Travelers can expect long-term changes at the Chico Way interchange near Bremerton to start this summer. The Washington State Department of Transportation will close the Chico Way on-ramp to southbound State Route 3 as soon as 9 a.m. Monday, July 11. The around-the-clock closure will continue into spring 2023. Signed detour routes will be provided.

"We know this will be an inconvenience for travelers," said WSDOT Project Engineer Amy Amos. "We appreciate everyone's understanding and patience as we remove barriers to fish during this major project."

Why close the ramp?

Opening fish habitat is no small task. Instead of digging through all lanes of SR 3, crews will build two new bridges. Chico Creek and a tributary to Chico Creek will later be rerouted under the new spans.

Crews need to realign the on-ramp to create more space for the new bridge on Chico Way Northwest and the tributary that will flow under the bridge. WSDOT expects to open the new ramp to travelers in spring 2023.

The project is part of WSDOT's ongoing efforts to remove barriers to fish. The $57.6 million project is expected to be complete winter 2023.

Real-time traffic information is available on the WSDOT statewide travel map, the WSDOT app and WSDOT regional Twitter account.

Long-term closure of Chico Way on-ramp to southbound SR 3 near Bremerton

Long-term closure of Chico Way on-ramp to southbound SR 3 near Bremerton [email protected] June 27, 2022 - 8:36am

Date
Doug Adamson
communications
Road
News summary
Travelers can expect long-term changes at the Chico Way interchange near Bremerton to start this summer. The Washington State Department of Transportation will close the Chico Way on-ramp to southbound State Route 3 as soon as 9 a.m. Monday, July 11. The around-the-clock closure will continue into spring 2023. Signed detour routes will be provided.

Ramp set to close for up to a year for fish passage project

BREMERTON – Travelers can expect long-term changes at the Chico Way interchange near Bremerton to start this summer. The Washington State Department of Transportation will close the Chico Way on-ramp to southbound State Route 3 as soon as 9 a.m. Monday, July 11. The around-the-clock closure will continue into spring 2023. Signed detour routes will be provided.

"We know this will be an inconvenience for travelers," said WSDOT Project Engineer Amy Amos. "We appreciate everyone's understanding and patience as we remove barriers to fish during this major project."

Why close the ramp?

Opening fish habitat is no small task. Instead of digging through all lanes of SR 3, crews will build two new bridges. Chico Creek and a tributary to Chico Creek will later be rerouted under the new spans.

Crews need to realign the on-ramp to create more space for the new bridge on Chico Way Northwest and the tributary that will flow under the bridge. WSDOT expects to open the new ramp to travelers in spring 2023.

The project is part of WSDOT's ongoing efforts to remove barriers to fish. The $57.6 million project is expected to be complete winter 2023.

Real-time traffic information is available on the WSDOT statewide travel map, the WSDOT app and WSDOT regional Twitter account.

Long-term closure of Chico Way on-ramp to southbound SR 3 near Bremerton

Long-term closure of Chico Way on-ramp to southbound SR 3 near Bremerton [email protected] June 27, 2022 - 8:36am

Date
Doug Adamson
communications
Road
News summary
Travelers can expect long-term changes at the Chico Way interchange near Bremerton to start this summer. The Washington State Department of Transportation will close the Chico Way on-ramp to southbound State Route 3 as soon as 9 a.m. Monday, July 11. The around-the-clock closure will continue into spring 2023. Signed detour routes will be provided.

Ramp set to close for up to a year for fish passage project

BREMERTON – Travelers can expect long-term changes at the Chico Way interchange near Bremerton to start this summer. The Washington State Department of Transportation will close the Chico Way on-ramp to southbound State Route 3 as soon as 9 a.m. Monday, July 11. The around-the-clock closure will continue into spring 2023. Signed detour routes will be provided.

"We know this will be an inconvenience for travelers," said WSDOT Project Engineer Amy Amos. "We appreciate everyone's understanding and patience as we remove barriers to fish during this major project."

Why close the ramp?

Opening fish habitat is no small task. Instead of digging through all lanes of SR 3, crews will build two new bridges. Chico Creek and a tributary to Chico Creek will later be rerouted under the new spans.

Crews need to realign the on-ramp to create more space for the new bridge on Chico Way Northwest and the tributary that will flow under the bridge. WSDOT expects to open the new ramp to travelers in spring 2023.

The project is part of WSDOT's ongoing efforts to remove barriers to fish. The $57.6 million project is expected to be complete winter 2023.

Real-time traffic information is available on the WSDOT statewide travel map, the WSDOT app and WSDOT regional Twitter account.

I-5 Tacoma construction nears completion with opening of three new northbound lanes

I-5 Tacoma construction nears completion with opening of three new northbound lanes [email protected] June 27, 2022 - 8:18am

Date
Stefanie Randolph
communications
Cara Mitchell
communications
Road
News summary
Travelers on northbound Interstate 5 through Tacoma have three more lanes to choose from. At 7 a.m. Sunday, June 26, Guy F. Atkinson Construction, working for the Washington State Department of Transportation, opened a new general-purpose lane and two new auxiliary lanes on northbound I-5. The new lanes run from State Route 16 in Tacoma to Port of Tacoma Road in Fife.

Project's final phase opens HOV lane in both directions this summer

TACOMA – Travelers on northbound Interstate 5 through Tacoma have three more lanes to choose from.

At 5 a.m. Sunday, June 26, Guy F. Atkinson Construction, working for the Washington State Department of Transportation, opened a new general-purpose lane and two new auxiliary lanes on northbound I-5. The new lanes run from State Route 16 in Tacoma to Port of Tacoma Road in Fife.

"Getting a fourth general-purpose lane open on northbound I-5 past I-705 is significant for commuters," said Project Engineer Tom Slimak. "While travelers will see immediate congestion relief, we’re really looking forward to opening the new HOV lanes in late July."

New HOV lanes signal a project nearing completion

Crews need dry weather to begin final striping to open an HOV lane in both directions of I-5 between Fife and SR 16 in Tacoma. The HOV lanes, which focus on moving people and not just vehicles, will be located to the left of general-purpose lanes. Depending on location, the HOV and general-purpose lanes will be separated by a barrier or a solid line.

One location that drivers will see noticeable improvements is from eastbound SR 16 to northbound I-5. Travelers in the HOV lane are currently forced to merge with traffic in the general-purpose lanes, sometimes causing significant backups. Once the final section of HOV lanes open, that merge will go away.  

About the project

The I-5 Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road Southbound HOV project connects the HOV lanes to I-5 and SR 16 in Tacoma. This project also:

  • Builds a new southbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge that meets current seismic standards.
  • Rebuilds the L Street overpass across I-5.
  • Replaces the original northbound I-5 roadway surface from McKinley Avenue to Portland Avenue.
  • Upgrades signing, lighting and traffic data sensors.
  • Improves stormwater collection and treatment facilities.
  • Removes the original 1962 I-5 bridges, over the Puyallup River.

Real-time traffic information is available on the WSDOT statewide travel map, the WSDOT app and WSDOT regional Twitter account.

I-5 Tacoma construction nears completion with opening of three new northbound lanes

I-5 Tacoma construction nears completion with opening of three new northbound lanes [email protected] June 27, 2022 - 8:18am

Date
Stefanie Randolph
communications
Cara Mitchell
communications
Road
News summary
Travelers on northbound Interstate 5 through Tacoma have three more lanes to choose from. At 7 a.m. Sunday, June 26, Guy F. Atkinson Construction, working for the Washington State Department of Transportation, opened a new general-purpose lane and two new auxiliary lanes on northbound I-5. The new lanes run from State Route 16 in Tacoma to Port of Tacoma Road in Fife.

Project's final phase opens HOV lane in both directions this summer

TACOMA – Travelers on northbound Interstate 5 through Tacoma have three more lanes to choose from.

At 5 a.m. Sunday, June 26, Guy F. Atkinson Construction, working for the Washington State Department of Transportation, opened a new general-purpose lane and two new auxiliary lanes on northbound I-5. The new lanes run from State Route 16 in Tacoma to Port of Tacoma Road in Fife.

"Getting a fourth general-purpose lane open on northbound I-5 past I-705 is significant for commuters," said Project Engineer Tom Slimak. "While travelers will see immediate congestion relief, we’re really looking forward to opening the new HOV lanes in late July."

New HOV lanes signal a project nearing completion

Crews need dry weather to begin final striping to open an HOV lane in both directions of I-5 between Fife and SR 16 in Tacoma. The HOV lanes, which focus on moving people and not just vehicles, will be located to the left of general-purpose lanes. Depending on location, the HOV and general-purpose lanes will be separated by a barrier or a solid line.

One location that drivers will see noticeable improvements is from eastbound SR 16 to northbound I-5. Travelers in the HOV lane are currently forced to merge with traffic in the general-purpose lanes, sometimes causing significant backups. Once the final section of HOV lanes open, that merge will go away.  

About the project

The I-5 Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road Southbound HOV project connects the HOV lanes to I-5 and SR 16 in Tacoma. This project also:

  • Builds a new southbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge that meets current seismic standards.
  • Rebuilds the L Street overpass across I-5.
  • Replaces the original northbound I-5 roadway surface from McKinley Avenue to Portland Avenue.
  • Upgrades signing, lighting and traffic data sensors.
  • Improves stormwater collection and treatment facilities.
  • Removes the original 1962 I-5 bridges, over the Puyallup River.

Real-time traffic information is available on the WSDOT statewide travel map, the WSDOT app and WSDOT regional Twitter account.

I-5 Tacoma construction nears completion with opening of three new northbound lanes

I-5 Tacoma construction nears completion with opening of three new northbound lanes [email protected] June 27, 2022 - 8:18am

Date
Stefanie Randolph
communications
Cara Mitchell
communications
Road
News summary
Travelers on northbound Interstate 5 through Tacoma have three more lanes to choose from. At 7 a.m. Sunday, June 26, Guy F. Atkinson Construction, working for the Washington State Department of Transportation, opened a new general-purpose lane and two new auxiliary lanes on northbound I-5. The new lanes run from State Route 16 in Tacoma to Port of Tacoma Road in Fife.

Project's final phase opens HOV lane in both directions this summer

TACOMA – Travelers on northbound Interstate 5 through Tacoma have three more lanes to choose from.

At 5 a.m. Sunday, June 26, Guy F. Atkinson Construction, working for the Washington State Department of Transportation, opened a new general-purpose lane and two new auxiliary lanes on northbound I-5. The new lanes run from State Route 16 in Tacoma to Port of Tacoma Road in Fife.

"Getting a fourth general-purpose lane open on northbound I-5 past I-705 is significant for commuters," said Project Engineer Tom Slimak. "While travelers will see immediate congestion relief, we’re really looking forward to opening the new HOV lanes in late July."

New HOV lanes signal a project nearing completion

Crews need dry weather to begin final striping to open an HOV lane in both directions of I-5 between Fife and SR 16 in Tacoma. The HOV lanes, which focus on moving people and not just vehicles, will be located to the left of general-purpose lanes. Depending on location, the HOV and general-purpose lanes will be separated by a barrier or a solid line.

One location that drivers will see noticeable improvements is from eastbound SR 16 to northbound I-5. Travelers in the HOV lane are currently forced to merge with traffic in the general-purpose lanes, sometimes causing significant backups. Once the final section of HOV lanes open, that merge will go away.  

About the project

The I-5 Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road Southbound HOV project connects the HOV lanes to I-5 and SR 16 in Tacoma. This project also:

  • Builds a new southbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge that meets current seismic standards.
  • Rebuilds the L Street overpass across I-5.
  • Replaces the original northbound I-5 roadway surface from McKinley Avenue to Portland Avenue.
  • Upgrades signing, lighting and traffic data sensors.
  • Improves stormwater collection and treatment facilities.
  • Removes the original 1962 I-5 bridges, over the Puyallup River.

Real-time traffic information is available on the WSDOT statewide travel map, the WSDOT app and WSDOT regional Twitter account.

Public input needed to finalize the Tacoma to Puyallup Regional Trail route

Public input needed to finalize the Tacoma to Puyallup Regional Trail route [email protected] June 21, 2022 - 3:26pm

Date
Amy Danberg
Communications
News summary
The public is invited to weigh in on options for the future Tacoma to Puyallup Regional Trail route between downtown Tacoma and Fife. The online open house provides information on two options to connect the trail from the intersection of Pacific Highway East and Port of Tacoma Road to the intersection of State Route 509 and Alexander Avenue East. A survey allows participants to share which option they prefer.

PUYALLUP – The public is invited to weigh in on options for the future Tacoma to Puyallup Regional Trail route between downtown Tacoma and Fife.

The online open house provides information on two options to connect the trail from the intersection of Pacific Highway East and Port of Tacoma Road to the intersection of State Route 509 and Alexander Avenue East. A survey allows participants to share which option they prefer.

The Washington State Department of Transportation and its regional partners will use public input to select one option and finalize the trail route.

Feedback will be accepted from, Wednesday, June 15 through Tuesday, July 12.

The trail route into downtown Tacoma will have distinct urban feel compared to the rest of the trail. Most of the trail route will run alongside the future State Route 167 Expressway, roughly eight miles of new highway that will complete SR 167 between Puyallup and SR 509 near the Port of Tacoma. This portion of the trail will have a more rural feel, separated from the roadway by up to 100 feet in locations.

Tacoma to Puyallup Regional Trail online house information

When: Wednesday, June 15 to Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Where: Online at engage.wsdot.wa.gov/T2PRegionalTrail 

Details:

  • The online open house is available in English, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Access for participation

Free Wi-Fi access is available through the Pierce County Library System.  Additional Wi-Fi locations are provided through the Washington State Department of Commerce.

The public is also invited to comment by phone at 253-238-0398.

About the Tacoma to Puyallup (T2P) Regional Trail

WSDOT, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Pierce County and the cities of Fife, Puyallup and Tacoma, and other local agencies and organizations are working together to plan and build the Tacoma to Puyallup (T2P) Regional Trail. The trail will connect downtown Puyallup to Fife and downtown Tacoma, filling a major gap in the Pierce County trail network. People who live and work along the trail route will have a new option to travel without a motorized vehicle to a variety of destinations.

 

Public input needed to finalize the Tacoma to Puyallup Regional Trail route

Public input needed to finalize the Tacoma to Puyallup Regional Trail route [email protected] June 21, 2022 - 3:26pm

Date
Amy Danberg
Communications
News summary
The public is invited to weigh in on options for the future Tacoma to Puyallup Regional Trail route between downtown Tacoma and Fife. The online open house provides information on two options to connect the trail from the intersection of Pacific Highway East and Port of Tacoma Road to the intersection of State Route 509 and Alexander Avenue East. A survey allows participants to share which option they prefer.

PUYALLUP – The public is invited to weigh in on options for the future Tacoma to Puyallup Regional Trail route between downtown Tacoma and Fife.

The online open house provides information on two options to connect the trail from the intersection of Pacific Highway East and Port of Tacoma Road to the intersection of State Route 509 and Alexander Avenue East. A survey allows participants to share which option they prefer.

The Washington State Department of Transportation and its regional partners will use public input to select one option and finalize the trail route.

Feedback will be accepted from, Wednesday, June 15 through Tuesday, July 12.

The trail route into downtown Tacoma will have distinct urban feel compared to the rest of the trail. Most of the trail route will run alongside the future State Route 167 Expressway, roughly eight miles of new highway that will complete SR 167 between Puyallup and SR 509 near the Port of Tacoma. This portion of the trail will have a more rural feel, separated from the roadway by up to 100 feet in locations.

Tacoma to Puyallup Regional Trail online house information

When: Wednesday, June 15 to Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Where: Online at engage.wsdot.wa.gov/T2PRegionalTrail 

Details:

  • The online open house is available in English, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Access for participation

Free Wi-Fi access is available through the Pierce County Library System.  Additional Wi-Fi locations are provided through the Washington State Department of Commerce.

The public is also invited to comment by phone at 253-238-0398.

About the Tacoma to Puyallup (T2P) Regional Trail

WSDOT, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Pierce County and the cities of Fife, Puyallup and Tacoma, and other local agencies and organizations are working together to plan and build the Tacoma to Puyallup (T2P) Regional Trail. The trail will connect downtown Puyallup to Fife and downtown Tacoma, filling a major gap in the Pierce County trail network. People who live and work along the trail route will have a new option to travel without a motorized vehicle to a variety of destinations.

 

Public input needed to finalize the Tacoma to Puyallup Regional Trail route

Public input needed to finalize the Tacoma to Puyallup Regional Trail route [email protected] June 21, 2022 - 3:26pm

Date
Amy Danberg
Communications
News summary
The public is invited to weigh in on options for the future Tacoma to Puyallup Regional Trail route between downtown Tacoma and Fife. The online open house provides information on two options to connect the trail from the intersection of Pacific Highway East and Port of Tacoma Road to the intersection of State Route 509 and Alexander Avenue East. A survey allows participants to share which option they prefer.

PUYALLUP – The public is invited to weigh in on options for the future Tacoma to Puyallup Regional Trail route between downtown Tacoma and Fife.

The online open house provides information on two options to connect the trail from the intersection of Pacific Highway East and Port of Tacoma Road to the intersection of State Route 509 and Alexander Avenue East. A survey allows participants to share which option they prefer.

The Washington State Department of Transportation and its regional partners will use public input to select one option and finalize the trail route.

Feedback will be accepted from, Wednesday, June 15 through Tuesday, July 12.

The trail route into downtown Tacoma will have distinct urban feel compared to the rest of the trail. Most of the trail route will run alongside the future State Route 167 Expressway, roughly eight miles of new highway that will complete SR 167 between Puyallup and SR 509 near the Port of Tacoma. This portion of the trail will have a more rural feel, separated from the roadway by up to 100 feet in locations.

Tacoma to Puyallup Regional Trail online house information

When: Wednesday, June 15 to Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Where: Online at engage.wsdot.wa.gov/T2PRegionalTrail 

Details:

  • The online open house is available in English, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Access for participation

Free Wi-Fi access is available through the Pierce County Library System.  Additional Wi-Fi locations are provided through the Washington State Department of Commerce.

The public is also invited to comment by phone at 253-238-0398.

About the Tacoma to Puyallup (T2P) Regional Trail

WSDOT, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Pierce County and the cities of Fife, Puyallup and Tacoma, and other local agencies and organizations are working together to plan and build the Tacoma to Puyallup (T2P) Regional Trail. The trail will connect downtown Puyallup to Fife and downtown Tacoma, filling a major gap in the Pierce County trail network. People who live and work along the trail route will have a new option to travel without a motorized vehicle to a variety of destinations.