This week’s heavy rainfall has prompted flood warnings throughout the Puget Sound region as rivers become choked with both runoff and debris.

This news serves a good reminder of some of the environmental benefits associated with the completion of State Route 167.

This fall marks the seven-year anniversary of the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) issuance of its Record of Decision for the State Route 167 completion project. 

It's a notable anniversary because it serves as a reminder that the reason SR 167 is not complete today is not because of challenges with the environmental review process or permitting. Rather, it is because of the lack of funds.

The News Tribune reminds us that economic growth is an effective strategy for generating the revenue needed to invest in education, and that infrastructure investments are critical to ensuring that growth takes place.

The News Tribune's headline says it all: traffic for South Sound residents is getting worse and worse.

Washington citizens are spending more and more—and more—time in traffic. For many of us stuck in the daily gridlock, this probably fits in the “Duh!” category, but the point was reinforced yesterday with the release of WSDOT’s 13th annual Corridor Capacity Report.

If you had the opportunity, would you like to make a 600 percent return on an investment?

In recognition of the statewide impact of a completed State Route 167,

Yesterday the ports of Tacoma and Seattle formally approved an interlocal agreement to begin the process of combining management of their respective marine cargo operations. 

According to the Seattle Times, a common theme at the joint commission meeting where the vote took place was the need for the state to come alongside in support of the ports by passing a transportation revenue package.

Washington state has learned a lot about its ports over the last few days.

The Washington Roundtable, whose board of directors includes representatives of some of the state