Closures, construction, express lanes, ferries, and airports - update from the WA State DOT

Friday, June 24, 2011

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
All kinds of useful transportation information from the Washington State Department of Transportation

Closures, construction
Get ready for a busy weekend in Seattle with multiple construction closures, fairs, festivals and sports. Check the traffic and What’s Happening Now pages before you head into the city this weekend.

Getting around King County during construction
King County Metro has a new website that offers information about getting around. They’ve loaded it with information about bus service, carpooling, and teleworking. Given this busy construction season, it might be worth checking out.

Summer Ferry schedule
It’s officially summer when Washington State Ferries puts out the summer schedule and adds boats to the San Juans and British Columbia. Check the new schedule in place June 19. Consider making a reservation for that summer trip to guarantee your spot.

Did you know WSDOT had an aviation division?
Private airplanes are considered vehicles in the air, but they are only useful if they have safe, well-maintained airports in which to land. Washington is home to 138 public airports all over the state. WSDOT helps to maintain and preserve these airports through grants and land use planning. The division also coordinates air search and rescue missions and manages 17 airports, one of which is Copalis Beach. It’s the only beach in Washington State where you can land an airplane. But you better be a good pilot.

The Copalis Beach air strip also made the Popular Mechanics list of Strangest Airports in the US


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