Stories tagged: Department of Transportation
Sun., Aug. 13, 2017
Traffic snarls expected before, after solar eclipse
State warns of traffic mess from folks headed south to watch the eclipse.
Sat., May 27, 2017, 5:30 a.m.
Plans for new northside Costco include Highway 2 roundabout
Costco is moving forward quickly with its plans to construct a new, 167,000 square foot retail warehouse near the site of the former Kaiser Aluminum smelter near Mead. Those plans …
UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 9:08 p.m.
Two arrested after ramming Department of Transportation truck on I-90
Two men were arrested after their car rammed into the back of a Washington Department of Transportation truck on Interstate 90 Wednesday afternoon and they fled the scene.
UPDATED: Sat., April 8, 2017, 7:20 p.m.
Washout closes State Route 21 south of Republic in Ferry County
A washout has shut down State Route 21 at Gold Creek about 15 miles south of Republic in Ferry County and it’s not known when the road will be able …
Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 1:10 p.m.
Icy winter pushes WSDOT’s road salt budget into the red
Washington state Department of Transportation officials are asking lawmakers to put an extra $5 million into the department’s current snow-and-ice removal budget to cover costs incurred this winter.
Tue., Nov. 22, 2016, 7:28 a.m.
North Cascade Highway closed for winter
Highway 20 over the North Cascades closed for the winter on Monday.
Tue., Nov. 8, 2016, 3:28 p.m.
New signs at dangerous intersections warn motorists of cross traffic on Highways 2 and 395
Three new warning signs with yellow flashing lights are now operating on north Spokane County highways to improve safety
Thu., Oct. 20, 2016, 1:49 p.m.
Elwha River bridge could need replacement after dam removal
The U.S. Highway 101 bridge over the Elwha River could need replacement or retrofitting now that two dams have been removed, allowing the now-wild river to erode the riverbed under …
Tue., Oct. 4, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Proposed new law to fine oil, coal trains through downtown Spokane would target shippers, not railroads
Instead of levying a $261 fine per car on the firms transporting the cars, a new ordinance from City Councilman Breean Beggs would go directly at the oil and coal …
Fri., Aug. 19, 2016, 5:52 p.m.
About those animal guts on the freeway …
When a truck stopped abruptly Thursday afternoon, spilling a sun-warmed stew of animal parts onto the westbound lanes of Interstate 90, the question in many readers minds was undoubtedly: Why?
Tue., Aug. 9, 2016, 5:08 p.m.
Gov. Inslee appoints Roger Millar as transportation secretary
Gov. Jay Inslee has announced the appointment of Roger Millar as secretary of the state Department of Transportation.
Thu., July 21, 2016, 10:21 p.m.
More money needed for Seattle’s delayed tunnel project
The troubled project to replace an aging double-decker highway bridge hugging Seattle’s waterfront with a tunnel faces up to $223 million in cost overruns, Washington transportation officials said Thursday.
Wed., March 2, 2016, 12:45 p.m.
E-cigarettes on airline flights being banned by U.S.
The Department of Transportation says it has issued final regulations prohibiting the use of electronic cigarettes on any domestic or foreign airline flying to, from or within the United States.
Wed., Feb. 10, 2016, 6:33 p.m.
Will surprise ‘firing’ affect legislative session?
What’s the fallout from the rejection of the state transportation secretary? Hard feelings and distrust, for sure. Higher bond costs, no. Longer session, unknown.
Fri., Feb. 5, 2016, 5:58 p.m.
Senate rejects state transportation secretary
A divided Senate refused to confirm Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson.
UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 9, 2015, 11:29 p.m.
Doug Clark: Widow finds humor, comfort in DOT’s toll bill snafu
Jack Roberts’ wife is sure he didn’t rack up a Good to Go toll bill in Western Washington.
Thu., April 23, 2015
Gov. Inslee requires study before raising speed limit
OLYMPIA – Legislation that could raise highway speed limits to 75 mph in some parts of Washington was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jay Inslee. The bill, which will …
Sat., Nov. 1, 2014
I-90 morning commute time takes hit, analysis says
Traffic congestion during the morning commute on Interstate 90 has worsened in the past few years, but problems with slowdowns and delays are relatively minor compared to West Side freeways, …
Mon., April 28, 2014
Public input sought on improving U.S. 2
U.S. Highway 2 north of Spokane has become increasingly busy with traffic over the years. The four-lane, high-speed route exposes drivers to turning and crossing movements at a series of …
Mon., Feb. 17, 2014
Getting there: U.S. 2, Interstate 90 slated for repaving projects
As the 2014 construction season approaches, the state Department of Transportation is getting ready to start repaving work on several major highways in the Spokane region. Topping the list is …
Mon., Dec. 9, 2013
Cheney-Spokane interchange won’t be done by end of year
Work on a new interchange at U.S. Highway 195 and Cheney-Spokane Road won’t be completed this year as originally anticipated. A contractor working on the $6.4 million construction project is …
Mon., May 6, 2013
Getting There: Idaho dust storms snarl traffic, lead to crashes
Idaho State Police and the Department of Transportation reacted last week to back-to-back dust storms that led to injuries and vehicle damage in the southern part of the state. Officers …
Sun., May 5, 2013
State workers to get parking, bus breaks
Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law Saturday that lets state employees pay for their work-related parking and transit costs using pretax earnings. Democratic Rep. Sam Hunt of Olympia …
Mon., April 8, 2013
Getting There: Businesses pinched by work on Francis
Merchants in the vicinity of Market Street and Francis Avenue are feeling the double-whammy of two major road projects going on side by side. “It’s been pretty horrible,” said Jeff …
Thu., April 19, 2012, 9:41 a.m.
Governor talks tough on agency’s failures
Gov. Chris Gregoire laid down a public ultimatum Wednesday for a troubled state agency to quickly fix its work or face a breakup of its functions. The order targeted the …
Mon., July 4, 2011
Intersection at U.S. 195 to get safety upgrade
Drivers in southwest Spokane are getting something that will improve safety on U.S. Highway 195, the main route to Pullman. The state Legislature approved $12.5 million for a freeway interchange …
Mon., May 23, 2011
Travelers by interstate encountering wait time
Congestion is now a fact of life on Interstate 90, with backups occurring almost every day from construction restrictions through Spokane and Spokane Valley. Pavement repairs west of the downtown …
Sun., April 3, 2011
State outlines options for fixing county right-of-way office
Spokane County must hire a consultant and submit to close supervision by state officials to continue work on a $66 million project to improve Bigelow Gulch Road. The Washington State …
Mon., March 7, 2011
Getting There: Incident Response team helps keep I-90 open
The 60-mile stretch of Interstate 90 from Stateline to Four Lakes is a safer piece of highway thanks to two operators in Incident Response rigs run by the Washington State …
Fri., Aug. 20, 2010
Crews widen I-90 near Snoqualmie
HYAK, Wash. – The sheer magnitude of it is difficult to comprehend, even in person. More than one million tons of rock to be blasted and removed.