State offers tools to liberate motorists from Fourth of July headaches

July 3, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. July 3, 2011

The state Department of Transportation reminds motorists to prepare for increased traffic during Independence Day weekend.

The agency offers tools to help motorists to keep headaches to a minimum.

Still, expect delays along Interstate 90 at Snoqualmie Pass and U.S. 2 at Stevens Pass, as well as along Interstate 5 at the Canadian border and between Olympia and Tacoma.

Work at most construction projects around the state moved off of highways at noon July 1 until Tuesday morning. Though active construction might not take place during the holiday weekend, motorists should prepare for shifted lanes, roadway detours and reduced speed zones in places.

The agency offers many ways for motorists to check road conditions, including a travel website and a travel information hotline, 511.

Motorists can find information such as camera images from across the state, state ferry schedules and a map of highway incidents and closures online.

People using mobile devices can use a website to see how transportation officials provide travel information through email alerts and other tools, such as Facebook and Twitter.

On the road, overhead and roadside electronic signs provide information about blocking incidents and other traffic delays. Or, tune in to 530 AM and 1610 AM for highway advisories.

Travelers should also expect longer-than-typical wait times at ferry docks for most of the holiday weekend. Travel times are typically shorter Tuesday. Travelers can also sign up for email alerts about ferry service interruptions and other route information.

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