Department of Transportation

Skagit River Bridge
4:44 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Washington State Patrol Cites Truck Driver In Skagit Bridge Collapse

A water level view of the accident scene following the collapse of the bridge spanning the Skagit River.
Credit National Transportation Safety Board

The Washington State Patrol has ticketed the driver of an oversize load that collapsed the Skagit River Bridge in May of 2013.

The State Patrol announced the $550 fine Monday and released its final report into the bridge collapse. The report concluded the oversize load was two inches over legal height.

The investigation concluded that a pole on the pilot car leading the oversize load did hit the bridge. But instead of moving to the center lane where there was enough clearance, the truck’s driver stayed in the right lane.

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Skagit Bridge Collapse
6:13 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

NTSB: Systemic Failures Led to Skagit Bridge Collapse

The National Transportation Safety Board says systemic failures lead to the collapse of the Skagit River Bridge last May.
Credit Martha T / Flickr

The National Transportation Safety Board says systemic failures lead to the collapse of the Skagit River Bridge last May. A section of the bridge fell into the water after a truck carrying a tall load hit the top of the structure.

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DOT Funding
5:51 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Feds Warn Of Possible Highway Cash Holdback to Northwest States

The Idaho Department of Transportation has temporarily suspended advertising for bids for some highway projects.
Credit Chad Kainz / Flickr

The Idaho Department of Transportation has temporarily suspended advertising for bids for some highway projects. Oregon and Washington may soon do the same. That's all because of a standoff in Congress about how to replenish the money in the pot for highway construction.

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ODOT Preparedness
6:23 am
Wed June 18, 2014

State Audit Questions ODOT's Long-Term Preparedness

The Oregon Department of Transportation may lose a vast amount of institutional knowledge in the coming years. That's according to an audit released Tuesday by the Oregon Secretary of State. And the report questions whether ODOT is doing enough to retain that knowledge of how to design and build roads. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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School Bus Collision
6:27 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Idaho Boy Dies In School Bus Crash

The last fatal school bus accident in the state was in 2001 when a driver was killed in north Idaho.
Credit Alex Starr/Flickr

An 11-year-old boy was killed this Thursday and four other children were injured when a school bus was hit by a dump truck. The bus was on its way to an elementary school in the town of Kuna near Boise.

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Highway Closure
5:26 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

North Cascades Highway Closed

The North Cascades Highway is closed. The Washington State Department of Transportation closed the highway at noon Monday because of a danger of heavy snow and avalanche.

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