Washington Department of Transportation

View of Interstate 5 with light traffic and downtown Seattle skyline in background

Seattle Quietly Unveils New Interstate Lane

The Washington Department of Transportation expanded part of I-5 in hopes of reducing a common traffic bottleneck.

August 2, 2023 - The Seattle Times

Highway 520

Washington Officials Want to Spend American Rescue Plan Funding on Highway Projects

Despite broader intentions, federal economic relief continues to get redirected to automobile-focused infrastructure.

February 1, 2022 - The Seattle Times

Washington DC Metro

What Transit Systems Can Learn From D.C. Metro

The nation's second-largest transit system—and one of its newest—persists in the face of a host of challenges exacerbated by the pandemic.

January 12, 2022 - Governing

Downtown Seattle

I-5 Widening Kicks Off in Downtown Seattle

Congestion relief is promised as the Washington Department of Transportation begins to rework the existing I-5 roadway in Downtown Seattle to mitigate a stretch of freeway with a reputation as the state's worst bottleneck.

May 18, 2021 - The Seattle Times

Portland, Oregon

Columbia River Crossing Back From the Dead With a New Name and Potential Changes

2021 will be a big year for planning on the Interstate Bridge Replacement project, née Columbia River Crossing, that will connect Washington and Oregon across the Columbia River.

December 3, 2020 - The Urbanist

Seattle, Elevated Highway

New Marketing Campaign: Pushing People to Drive More in Seattle

Now that Seattle has proven they don't need the new Highway 99 tunnel that will replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct, will enough people use it in the future to cover the costs of construction, operation, and maintenance?

January 27, 2019 - The Urbanist

Seattle, I-5

Visions for Lidding I-5 in Downtown Seattle

The notion of fully capping I-5 as it runs through central Seattle has been gaining steam. The city could stand to gain hundreds of acres of urban land.

October 10, 2018 - Crosscut

 Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park

$900 Million to Builds Dozens of Wildlife Crossings Over I-90 in Washington

A massive project to build safe passages for wildlife over Interstate 90 in Washington State is a major win for environmental groups who have been advocating for the project for over a decade.

October 4, 2018 - Crosscut

Alaskan Way Viaduct

Another, Final(?) Delay for Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement

The Washington Department of Transportation announced that Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct will close permanently in January 2019, with service switching over the tunnel Bertha built. The previous plan expected the switch to occur in the Fall.

September 19, 2018 - Associated Press via Tri City Herald

Vancouver transit

Cross-Border High-Speed Rail Studied for the Pacific Northwest

The state of Washington has taken a first, serious look at a high-speed rail project linking Vancouver in British Columbia to Seattle and Portland.

December 26, 2017 - Vancouver Sun

Over $14 Million Awarded to Eight Projects to Find Alternatives to Gas Taxes

The U.S. Department of Transportation is funding ways to transition from the gas tax to other user-based revenue mechanisms to fund transportation infrastructure. The federal gas tax hasn't keep pace with transportation expenditures since 2008.

September 6, 2016 - U.S. D.O.T. Press Release

Seattle Tunnel Boring

Bertha Stuck Again: Sinkhole Prompts Suspension of Highway 99 Tunnel Project

The adventure of Bertha the tunnel-boring machine, already two years behind schedule, has a new twist.

January 16, 2016 - The Seattle Times

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