DOT offers travel tools for drivers to declare independence from holiday traffic

June 30, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. June 30, 2010

Use state Department of Transportation travel tools to declare independence from delays during the Fourth of July weekend.

The agency encouraged holiday travelers use its website and 24-hour traveler-information line, 511, to find out about traffic congestion and delays.

Officials hope the tools help travelers avoid traffic snarls, like the 27-mile backup through Snoqualmie Pass at the end of Memorial Day weekend.

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

Traffic on Puget Sound-area should start to increase Thursday. Expect peak travel times to stretch from noon – 9 p.m. Friday and early Saturday. Monday traffic should peak just before noon and continue into the late evening.

Drivers heading through Snoqualmie Pass can expect higher-than-normal traffic Friday afternoon, Saturday morning and Monday afternoon. Drivers should also expect additional traffic on U.S. 2 through Stevens Pass on Friday and Monday.

Work at most construction projects moves off the highway from noon Friday until Tuesday morning. Drivers should prepare for shifted lanes, roadway detours and reduced speed zones in places regardless.

Expect longer-than-typical waits at ferry docks and Canadian border crossings most of the holiday weekend.

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