NEWS

Voter registration will continue during planned system maintenance

(OLYMPIA)— During planned system maintenance now through June 4, online voter registration and updates will be unavailable at myvote.wa.gov. However, Washington residents can still make and update voter registrations via downloadable, printable forms available at the Office of Secretary of State’s elections website. The Secretary of State’s voter registration page contains forms for new Washington voter registrations and updates to existing voters’ information, such as name or address changes, that can be printed in any of 21 languages and submitted by mail or in person at county elections offices. During the system maintenance, visitors to the MyVote site     (read more)

Road work to close US 2 overnight in Snohomish, May 28 – June 7

(SNOHOMISH)- Overnight travelers need to prepare for two weeks of full highway closures, ramp closures and lane reductions on two sections of US 2 between Monroe and Snohomish following the Memorial Day weekend. During the closures, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will continue to make critical improvements to the corridor. Both directions of US 2 between State Route 9 and Bickford Avenue will close: - Wednesday, May 29, to the morning of Friday, May 31 – Eastbound lanes closed 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly. - Wednesday, May 29, to the morning of Friday, May 31 – Westbound lanes closed 7 p.m. to 4     (read more)

Legislature approves $1.5M for Guemes Ferry shoreside charging infrastructure

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- The Governor signed the capital budget on May 21 that included $1.5 million for shoreside charging infrastructure to support the new, electric Guemes Island Ferry. Skagit County Ferry Division Manager, Rachel Rowe, and Public Works Director, Dan Berentson, made a presentation to the House Transportation Committee in January 2019 to raise awareness of the innovative work the county is doing to design and build an electric replacement ferry. Electric propulsion will eliminate consumption of 2 million gallons of diesel fuel over the 40-year life of the vessel and achieve near-zero local air emissions. The project aligns with the goals of the     (read more)

Roundabout coming in for a landing in Oak Harbor

(OAK HARBOR)– This summer, travelers will notice more than soaring fighter jets when driving by the north entrance to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Starting Wednesday, May 29, Washington State Department of Transportation contractor crews with SRV Construction will begin building a new roundabout on SR 20 at Banta Road to improve safety at this intersection. Since 2011, law enforcement responded to 26 crashes at SR 20 and Banta Road. Half of those collisions involved vehicles trying to turn onto the highway from side roads. Eleven people were hurt in the past eight years. Roundabouts have a proven history of reducing injury and deadly crashes     (read more)

State’s new Library-Archives Building will move forward as planned

(OLYMPIA)— With a few strokes of his pen, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed House Bill 2015 into law Tuesday. The measure authorizes the Office of the Secretary of State to construct a new Library-Archives Building to preserve historical documents and records. “When this building is completed, it will not only house the Washington State Library and Washington State Archives, but the Elections Division, Corporations and Charities Division, and Community Programs Division of my office,” said Secretary of State Kim Wyman. “It’s fortunate, too, since the current Archives building has been over capacity since 2006 and the Library is presently housed in     (read more)

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