Incident Response or Traffic Incident Management is a team of agencies, vendors, and other resources to respond to, investigate, and clean up traffic incidents.
Four to ten minutes of traffic congestion (depending on traffic volume) can result from every minute a lane remains blocked, so incidents must be detected and cleared as fast as possible to minimize the impact on congestion, especially during peak periods.
The average Washington motorist spends two weeks of every year stuck in traffic so it's easy to see why the Incident Response Team (IRT) serves a crucial role in keeping Washington moving.
Clearing blocking incidents also benefits the economy. Idling cars and late deliveries have a cost. WSDOT estimates that the efforts of its incident response teams saves the economy of Washington State more than $65 million per year in lost time and fuel.
Responder and motorist safety are top priority.
Who do you call for assistance?
Dial 911 if you are involved in a collision, disabled vehicle, or other emergency.
For information about the program contact Vince Fairhurst, Incident Response Program Manager at 360-705-7287 or fill out the IRT Comment Card.
WSP/WSDOT Partnership -
Traffic Incident Management is a key component in the Joint Operations Policy Statement (JOPS) (pdf 509 kb) agreement between WSDOT and the Washington State Patrol (WSP). WSDOT and WSP have established a mutual goal of safely clearing highway traffic incidents within 90 minutes. Achieving this goal requires additional partnerships with local fire and EMS services, the tow industry, the media, the insurance industry, and drivers. The purpose of establishing quick-clearance goals is to enhance motorist and responder safety and minimize congestion.
Want more information about WSDOT's Incident Response Team?
|Region ||Counties |
|Northwest ||King, Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom & Island |
|Olympic ||Pierce, Thurston, Grays Harbor, Mason, Kitsap, Jefferson & Clallam |
(253) 548-2430 or
|Southwest ||Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Pacific, Wahkiakum, Klickitat & Stevens |
|Eastern ||Spokane, Whitman, Adams, Lincoln, Ferry, Stevens & Pend Oreille |
|South Central ||Kittitas, Asotin, Columbia, Walla Walla, Franklin, Benton, Garfield, & Yakima |
|North Central ||Chelan, Douglas, Grant, & Okanogan |
|E-mail: Vince Fairhurst |