Prepare for Memorial Day travel delays

May 25, 2010

By Staff

Road crews will take a break for Memorial Day weekend, but drivers across Washington should prepare for added travel time during the traditional summer travel kickoff.

Work at most state Department of Transportation construction projects around the state will move off highways from noon May 28 until the morning of June 1. But drivers should still prepare for shifted lanes, detours and reduced speed limits near worksites.

Check the transportation agency website for the most-traveled — and delay-prone — routes: Interstate 90, Interstate 5 at the Canadian border, I-5 through Lewis County and U.S. Route 2.

Or call the 24-hour traveler information hotline, 511, for information.

Drivers should also expect additional traffic on U.S. 2 through Stevens Pass and I-90 through Snoqualmie Pass on May 28 and 31.

Drivers headed through Snoqualmie Pass can expect higher-than-normal traffic the afternoon of May 28, the morning of May 29 and the afternoon of May 31. Memorial Day marks the busiest day of westbound travel on U.S. 2 each year.

Travel on Puget Sound-area highways will increase May 27, with peak travel times from noon – 9 p.m. May 28 and early May 29. On Memorial Day afternoon, traffic returning to the region will peak just before noon and continue into the late evening.

Travelers using other forms of transportation might not be immune from delays.

Expect longer-than-typical waits at ferry docks and Canadian border crossings most of the holiday weekend. Travel times should be much lighter May 26 and the morning of May 27 and June 1.

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