Northwest NEWS

October 18, 1999

Local News

Mountain pass reports begin

   As Washington state residents prepare for another La Nina winter, motorists will be anxious to learn about conditions on the state's mountain pass highways. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will again provide critical mountain pass reports, which will be available free of charge by telephone and Internet.

   The report is available toll-free within the greater Seattle area by calling 206-DOT-HIWY (206-368-4499). Outside the Seattle area, the report is available toll-free statewide at 1-800-695-ROAD. Hearing-impaired callers using TTDs (text tele-typewriter devices) can access it at 1-800-833-6388 and then type for extension 206-440-4040.

   On the Internet, the reports are available on the WSDOT Home Page at www.wsdot.wa.gov, in the Traveler Information section. The Internet pass reports include video snapshots of Snoqualmie Pass (I-90) and Stevens Pass (US-2). Next month, WSDOT plans to add video snapshots of White Pass (US-12) and Satus Pass (US-97).

   The pass report website also has links to statewide emergency highway closures, construction updates, weather information, Washington State Ferries, public transit companies, Amtrak, and tourism websites.