Maintenance lead’s sharp eyes lead to cat’s lucky day

By Andrea E. Petrich

Maintenance lead Doug Knott was simply about carried out cleansing up a host of gifts spilled alongside a street in Skagit County while he observed anything unusual: A pair of eyes staring at him from below a hubcap.

No, this isn’t the delivery of a Stephen King story. It’s the tale of an strange rescue.

Between cleansing up particles from crashes or spilled loads, and supporting of us who're stranded, our highway crews are at all times busy. On this specific day, the Washington State Patrol referred to as Doug to assist blank up a pile of clothes, bins and different presents that seemed to have fallen off a vehicle. While unlucky – please be counted to at all times safe your quite a bit – it wasn’t rather unusual.

The eyes, though, had been absolutely unusual.

Turns out, the eyes staring again at Doug had been from a cat who had been hiding among the debris. Doug grabbed his leather-based work gloves and labored to coax the cat out of its hiding place. For a…

The I-405/SR 167 Interchange Direct Connector in Renton is open to traffic

By Victoria Miller

The ribbon has been cut and the paint has dried. The I-405/SR 167 Interchange Direct Connector flyover ramp in Renton is now open to traffic, connecting the HOT lanes on State Route 167 to the HOV lanes on Interstate 405.

How does the Direct Connector operate?
The Direct Connector flyover ramp is open to 2+ excessive occupancy automobiles from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. The ramp is open to all automobiles from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day. Vehicles extra than 10,000 gross car weight are prohibited from utilizing the ramp in any respect times. The ramp is open to transit in any respect times. To read extra about how the brand new HOV ramp operates, please go to our ramp operations webpage.

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, we hosted a ribbon-cutting occasion with different guests, adding Governor Jay Inslee, Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar, Mayor of Renton Denis Law, and former Representative Judy Clibborn. Crews executed striping the ramp on Wednesday, Feb. 20, and the ramp…

Ferries’ haiku contest is back!

By Justin Fujioka

Our haiku contest

Is again for one other year

Mark your calendars

Hop on board certainly one of our ferries and get your artistic juices flowing simply due to the fact our usual haiku hide contest on Twitter is back!

We’re seeking a typical haiku in regards to the Washington State Ferries experience. The profitable poem might be featured at the hide of our Summer 2019 Sailing Schedule!

How to enter

All you should do is comply with @wsferries on Twitter, then tweet your haiku among midday Monday, March 4, and midday Friday, March 8. Be certain to contain the hashtag #WSFHaiku. All members of the public, until WSDOT workers and contractors, are eligible and invited to participate. No fare acquire is required.

Haiku requirements and contest rules
In addition to the submission qualifications indexed above, every entrant ought to comply with those requirements and rules:

One haiku per tweet.
Poem ought to be a ordinary haiku with five (5) syllables at the primary line, sev…

New bicyclist and pedestrian safety messages, among others, added to Department of Licensing driver guides

We teamed up with DOL officials to update and improve safety messagesBy Barbara LaBoe

We're all the time in search of new methods to speak about transportation safety, and our newest work with the state Department of Licensing is not any exception.

We do not train or experiment power drivers, but as atransportation firm we are really invested in improving security for all travelers. So we have been excited to work with DOL on their newest driver e book replace to assist unfold a few of our fundamental messages to a entire new generation of travelers. (It also is going with out saying that any present licensed driver short of to comb up on their wisdom and read about new legal guidelines can discover the brand new e book as well.)

The new Washington Driver Guide (pdf 2.56 mb) got here out previous this month. Paper copies are reachable at any state driver licensing office.

Some of essentially some of the foremost obvious updates we labored on are new and extra tough sections in …

Come one, come all: Open houses to learn about upcoming Whatcom & Island County projects

By Ally Barrera

After being cooped up for what felt like an eternity by a relentless march of snowstorms, my colleagues and I are able to get out into the network and meet with the public about our upcoming construction projects.

With a hectic construction season on tap for Whatcom and Island counties, there are a number of opportunities coming as much as read about what's occurring and have your questions answered.

This year's initiatives include:

Rehabilitating extra than 45 miles of road pavement
Improving fish passage by means of five creeks and tributaries
Building a brand new roundabout
Preserving and repainting one in every of Washington's most iconic bridges

These occasions provide us a risk to pay attention your stories, your problems and get your feedback. Here's what's coming up:

Thursday, Feb. 21 - Mt. Baker Highway network event

1-4 p.m. on the Deming Library

Come pay attention about this summer's pavement resurfacing tasks on SR 542, as nicely bec…

The I-405/SR 167 Interchange Direct Connector in Renton is opening to traffic as early as next week

By Victoria Miller

Attention I-405/SR 167 hall drivers! We are wrapping up work at the I-405/SR 167 Interchange Direct Connector Project and the flyover ramp can be open to site visitors as early because the afternoon of Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Yes, you learn that correctly! The construction you've got considered over the earlier NULL years at this busy interchange is nearing its end.

The Direct Connector undertaking broke floor in September 2016 and was originally scheduled to open to site visitors in spring 2019. “With the financial savings from our earlier I-405 hall projects, we have been capable to boost layout engineering and acquire the proper of method crucial to leap construction once we obtained funding from the Connecting Washington funding package,” stated I-405/SR 167 Program Administrator Kim Henry. “Thanks to drivers’ endurance and the undertaking team’s difficult work, we're happy to entire this improvement 4 months forward of schedule.”

The 2015 Connecting Washingto…

We answer some of your most frequent snow and ice questions

By Barbara LaBoe

With one storm behind us and extra at the way, we all know you've got questions about how and whilst we deal with and clean roadways. We've compiled a few of our most often requested questions below.

As all the time our precedence is security for our employees and the traveling public. Heavy storms will imply drivers ought to anticipate to be traveling on packed snow and ice and have got to sluggish down and live alert - and believe changing journeys if possible.

1.  How can we live plugged in to forecasts? How can we verify whilst winter climate would possibly be at the way?

We track and train for conditions a couple of ways. First, we contract for private, site-specific forecasts to recognize how our roadways might be affected. Our crews can attain out for extra element from the forecasters round the clock.

We also work carefully with the National Weather Service equally on forecasts and methods to speak conditions to the public.

Our crews and employees in o…