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November 25, 2014 at 8:43 AM

WSDOT offers Thanksgiving travel tips

Traveling in-state for Thanksgiving weekend?   Your destination is likely set, but if you can be flexible about when you make the trip, you might save yourself a headache. The state Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has posted some helpful information online, including color-coded, hour-by hour looks at what to expect on some of the state’s most heavily traveled sections of…


Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit | Topics: Thanksgiving, WSDOT

November 24, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Hwy. 20, Chinook, Cayuse passes closed for the winter

After temporary closures of Chinook and Cayuses passes over the weekend, the Washington State Department of Transportation has decided to keep the passes closed for the season as of Monday. WSDOT also has closed the North Cascades Highway (Highway 20) for the season after two more feet of snow fell Sunday and Monday. The avalanche risk is…


Comments | More in General news, Weather Beat | Topics: Cayuse Pass, Chinook Pass, WSDOT

September 24, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Get comfortable, it’s going to be a long commute

Commuters slowly roll south on Interstate 5 near 196th Street in Lynnwood. Seattle has recorded over an inch of rain in the past 24 hours. (Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times) Stuck in traffic? Find something interesting on the radio, because Wednesday morning’s commute is going to be a long one. Heading south on Interstate…


Comments | More in The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: rain, slick roads, slow traffic

July 22, 2014 at 7:49 AM

Morning commute a breeze … so far

Update 8:40 a.m. This morning’s commute was a breeze, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Bart Treece, WSDOT spokesman, said the commute is almost identical to Monday’s when traffic volume was two-thirds above normal before 6 a.m., then plummeted to 40 percent below normal the next hour, 60 percent below normal the next two hours,…


Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: commute, Interstate 90, WSDOT

May 29, 2014 at 7:56 AM

All lanes now open after 5-hour traffic mess,10-mile backup on southbound I-5

    WSDOT crews repair damaged expansion joint, southbound I-5 near Holgate St. Long backups behind it. (John Lok/The Seattle Times) UPDATE 11:30 a.m. |  A half-hour all lanes were reopened, southbound traffic on Interstate 5 was close to moving at a normal speed through downtown Seattle. UPDATE 11 a.m. | All lanes were opened by 11 a.m. UPDATE…


Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit | Topics: backup traffic, buckled metal, expansion joint

May 2, 2014 at 8:30 AM

$5 million contract awarded to clear Highway 530 slide

A Ferndale company has been awarded a $5 million contract to clear mudslide debris off Highway 530, even as those who live closer to the March 22 slide complain that work should have gone to them. IMCO General Construction was the lowest of nine bidders for the job, with a bid of $4,959,924. The state’s engineering…


Comments | More in Environment, General news | Topics: #530slide, Ferndale, Highway 530

March 20, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Weekend highway slowdowns in Seattle and Bellevue

Sections of Highway 99, Interstate 5, I-405, and three major Seattle streets will be partly or fully closed for road work this weekend. Saturday from 4:30 a.m to 7 p.m., the Alaskan Way Viaduct on Highway 99 will close in both directions so crews can study cracks in the columns and girders. A routine March 1 inspection found…


Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: construction, WSDOT

March 14, 2014 at 1:03 PM

WSDOT crews push to reopen North Cascades Highway

State Department of Transportation crews will begin work to reopen the North Cascades Highway on March 31. The road could reopen sometime in May. Snow depths of 10 feet were recorded this week at the Washington Pass summit — double the amount of snow measured there last year, a transportation department news release said. Snow below the Liberty…


Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit | Topics: North Cascades Highway, WSDOT

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