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WSDOT unveils revamped Gray Notebook

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Date:  Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Contact: Daniela Bremmer, WSDOT director of strategic assessment, 360-705-7953 (Olympia)

OLYMPIA – ­When the Gray Notebook comes off the press and hits the Internet this week, those who regularly read the Washington State Department of Transportation’s quarterly performance report on the state’s transportation system might do a double take.

The latest edition features a new look and a new focus on communicating the economic benefits of state transportation investments. For example, the report details how WSDOT’s Incident Response program saved drivers and businesses $16.75 million by clearing roadways last quarter. Gray Notebook 46 (pdf 5 mb), which covers April 1 through June 30, 2012, marks the beginning of a process to update the publication’s overall content, design and writing style to enhance reporting on all things WSDOT.

“Data-driven publications should be informative. We’re showing they can really be appealing and interesting to a broad spectrum of people, too,” said Daniela Bremmer, WSDOT director of strategic assessment. “This Gray Notebook edition still provides in-depth analysis and checks whether WSDOT’s projects and programs are meeting their performance measures, but the format is leaner and easier to read.”

Highlights from the current edition include:

  • A review of highway system safety and ongoing efforts to eliminate traffic fatalities statewide by 2030 through the Target Zero program. (Highway Systems Safety Programs, pages 4-6)
  • WSDOT’s annual review of its bridge preservation program. (Asset Management: Bridge Assessment Annual Report, pages 8-14)
  • A look at how accurate WSDOT’s engineers are when estimating the costs associated with construction contracts. (Construction Contracts Annual Report, pages 65-68)

“It’s vital Washingtonians know just how closely WSDOT tracks their hard-earned tax dollars,” Bremmer said. “We provide these regular performance reports to our elected officials and the public at large to ensure across-the-board accountability and transparency.”

To find out more about WSDOT accountability and view the Gray Notebook 46, or the condensed “Lite” version, visit


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