Transportation

From tolls on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge to improvements to roads causing traffic jams, Gig Harbor Now reporters stay on top of issues that affect getting where you’re going.

State DOT explains why Wednesday’s Narrows Bridge repairs were an emergency

Feb 02, 2024 | By:

Emergency repairs to the old Tacoma Narrows Bridge backed up traffic to I-5 on Wednesday, Jan. 31, and left commuters wondering what the heck the state Department of Transportation was thinking. The agency explained its reasoning on Thursday. “We know a lot of people were frustrated. So what happened?” WSDOT wrote in a statement in

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State grants boost Gig Harbor road projects

Dec 26, 2023 | By:

The state Transportation Improvement Board awarded $1.1 million to help fund a stoplight at Wagner Way and Wollochet Drive, and is contributing $1.5 million to a shared-use path along Burnham Drive.

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Pierce Transit adding on-demand van service to Gig Harbor

Dec 14, 2023 | By:

The vans will take people from point to point anywhere within the zone and tie into bus routes. Service begins on March 31.

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Peninsula School District warns parents of temporary bus route cancelations

Dec 06, 2023 | By:

Editor’s note: The Peninsula School District will offer excused absences and tardies to students delayed by bus route cancelations. An earlier version of this story misstated that fact. The Peninsula School District warned parents on Tuesday that as of Wednesday morning, their child’s bus route could be canceled for the day. They’d be notified by

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Highway 302 Spur bridge opening Saturday

Nov 29, 2023 | By:

The road has been closed and a short detour in place since April for a fish passage project.

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Pierce County offers holiday shuttle connecting Key Peninsula, Gig Harbor

Nov 24, 2023 | By:

Pierce County will contract with private operator Around the Sound to operate a shuttle service connecting the Key Peninsula to attractions in Gig Harbor on weekends during the 2023 holiday season. The county hopes that the temporary service will serve as a pilot program that leads to improved transit service on the Key Peninsula, according

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Pierce County program brings art to local intersections

Nov 21, 2023 | By:

If you’ve been stopped at a traffic light in Pierce County, you’ve likely seen some beautiful pieces of art in unlikely places. In an effort to bring art to the community and beautify the utilitarian boxes that house traffic signal wires, the Pierce County Arts Commission in 2022 began a project to wrap signal boxes

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Overnight work planned for this week on Highway 302 spur

Oct 23, 2023 | By:

As part of the Purdy Creek culvert project, crews will pave the Highway 302 spur from just south of the new bridge in Purdy to where the spur meets Highway 16. The work will occur overnight next Monday through Friday, Oct. 23-27. Traffic will be directed around it. From 7 p.m. each night until 6

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Driver in fatal Highway 16 crash charged with vehicular homicide

Oct 16, 2023 | By:

Witnesses told Washington State Patrol troopers that a 54-year-old Federal Way woman appeared to be driving over 100 mph in the wrong lane of Highway 16 when she struck and killed a 30-year-old Shelton woman on Oct. 7 near Rosedale Street. Prosecutors charged the suspect, Mecca K. Berkins, with vehicular homicide in Pierce County Superior

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Don’t expect to see ramp meters on eastbound Highway 16 used very often

Oct 16, 2023 | By:

Ramp meters on Gig Harbor-area onramps to eastbound Highway 16 are active as of Monday, Oct. 16. But you probably won’t see them used very often, unless something bad happens. The Washington State Department of Transportation announced on Oct. 2 that the new meters would be re-activated. They were used during construction of the second

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