State planners offer tools to ease holiday travel headaches

December 26, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 26, 2012

The state Department of Transportation delivered gifts to holiday travelers — tips to avoid travel-related headaches.

The agency offers numerous travel information tools for motorists headed out between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

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 holiday weekend delays, including U.S. 2, Interstate 90, and Interstate 5 at the Canadian border, and between Olympia and Tacoma.

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 events. In addition, winter weather can add to travel times.

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