Use travel tools to reduce holiday traffic headaches

August 30, 2011

By Staff

Labor Day is the busiest travel weekend of the year over Snoqualmie Pass on Interstate 90.

The state Department of Transportation is offering numerous travel information tools for motorists headed through the pass and other high-traffic areas during the holiday weekend.

Travelers planning to hit state highways can find information on the DOT website about the times and places drivers can expect to experience Labor Day weekend delays, including U.S. 2, I-90 and Interstate 5 at the Canadian border, and between Olympia and Tacoma.

Motorists can expect significantly better travel times in most areas Sept. 1 and Sept. 6.

Work at most construction sites around the state moves off the highways for Labor Day weekend. Even so, drivers should watch for shifted lanes, detours and reduced-speed zones.

State transportation planners offer many ways for motorists to monitor travel conditions:

  • Dial 511, the driver information phone line to provide current traffic, incident and closure information. TTY users can call 800-833-6388 toll free and out-of-state callers can access the information at 800-695-7623 toll free.
  • On the agency’s travel website, www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic, drivers can see information, such as camera images and maps, showing highway incidents and closures.
  • The agency also provides traveler information on Twitter, Facebook and for mobile devices. Motorists can also sign up for specialized email alerts.
  • On the road, the agency provides real-time traffic updates on overhead and roadside electronic signs and on Highway Advisory Radio on AM channels 530 and 1610.

AAA estimates a decline in overall travel, including aircraft, roadway, trains, watercraft and multimodal travel. The organization predicts for almost 27.3 million people to travel the nation’s roadways during the holiday weekend, a slight increase from last year.

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