‘Marred by litter’: Millions of pounds of trash soil Washington roads and state lands

BY: - September 19, 2023

Washington has a litter problem.  Nearly 38 million pounds of garbage and other debris were strewn across roads, rest areas and state lands last year, according to a new Department of Ecology-commissioned study. That’s nearly 5 pounds per resident annually. The bulk of the waste – about 26 million pounds – is found on roads […]

Washington on track for ‘historically deadly year’ with traffic crashes

BY: - August 31, 2023

Last year was the deadliest on Washington roadways in over three decades. Figures released this week show this year could be worse. Crashes claimed the lives of 417 people through July 31, according to initial data from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. During the same time frame last year, 413 people died in vehicle collisions. […]

State roads chief: Transportation system is on ‘glidepath to failure’

BY: - May 22, 2023

Washington’s roads czar is warning that the state transportation system is “on a glidepath to failure” after lawmakers put too much money into building new projects and not enough into upkeep.  Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar said this “misalignment” in the latest budget makes it likely the state will continue to fall behind on its […]