State serves Thanksgiving travel advice to motorists
November 19, 2012
NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 19, 2012
Before the feast, Thanksgiving launches the holiday travel season.
The state Department of Transportation is offering numerous travel information tools for motorists headed out during the holiday weekend.
Travelers planning to hit state highways can find information on the Department of Transportation website about the times and places drivers can expect to experience Thanksgiving weekend delays, including U.S. 2, Interstate 90, and Interstate 5 at the Canadian border, and between Olympia and Tacoma.
Thanksgiving weekend is typically ranks among busiest period all year for I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass and U.S. 2 over Stevens Pass.
In the Puget Sound area, I-5 and I-90 express lanes operate on a weekend schedule Thursday, Thanksgiving. Motorists should expect heavy traffic Friday morning at I-5 exits to downtown Seattle during the annual Macy’s Holiday Parade.
Drivers should prepare for the Seattle Marathon to close ramps on I-5 and state Route 520, along with the I-5 and I-90 express lanes, Nov. 25.
Work at most construction sites around the state moves off the highways for the holiday weekend from noon Wednesday until Nov. 26. 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.
- Motorists can see information, such as camera images and maps, showing highway incidents and closures, on the agency’s travel website, www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic.
- 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.
Motorists can expect heavy preholiday commutes out of metropolitan areas, and during holiday parades and events. In addition, winter weather can add to travel times.