Hitting the road? Labor Day weekend travel tips

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    Map_LaborDayTrafficVolumes2012With summer’s last holiday weekend upon us, many motorists will be hitting the roads. Drivers can use the Washington State Department of Transportation’s traffic volume charts this holiday weekend to “know before they go” and help time their travel on key routes. In particular this year, holiday travel congestion is expected in two spots along eastbound Interstate 90.

    Vantage Bridge
    Across the Vantage Bridge, heavier-than-normal congestion is expected on eastbound I-90 due to a lane closure for bridge painting at Vantage. No work will take place during the weekend, but the lane restriction will remain in place and lengthy delays are expected during peak travel times, ranging from 20 minutes to two hours. WSDOT is asking for drivers’ patience as well as their help in getting everyone through the area safely. Drivers should consider taking alternate routes such as US 97, Interstate 82 or State Route 24.

    Adams County
    In Adams County, eastbound I-90 will be reduced to one lane at Wahl Road (milepost 213) through the holiday weekend. Eastbound travelers should expect congestion and delays.

    Navigating congested areas
    · Slow down: Please obey posted restricted speed limits. Speed is reduced for everyone’s safety.
    · Stay alert: Be especially aware of other vehicles and prepare for any sudden stops.
    · Allow extra travel time: Drivers delayed by congestion sometimes try to compensate by driving faster once the congestion clears. Instead, allow extra travel time or consider adjusting travel schedules if possible.

    Know before you go
    · Check WSDOT’s mobile app, Twitter and Facebook accounts, and online tools for traffic information and ferry schedules.
    · Call the 511 travel information hotline. For out-of-state callers, it’s 1-800-695-ROAD (7623).
    · Pre-program vehicle radios to 530 AM and 1610 AM for highway advisory radio alerts.

    To ease congestion statewide, WSDOT suspends most state highway construction work during the holiday weekend. On Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5, the State Route 520 bridge toll will be on holiday rates, while the Interstate 405 express toll lanes will be free and open to all drivers.

    Washington State Ferries passengers should expect heavier traffic during the holiday weekend and reservations are strongly recommended for the Anacortes/San Juan Islands; Anacortes/Sidney, British Columbia; and Port Townsend/Coupeville ferry routes.
    · Reservations can be made online or by calling 888-808-7977.
    · Visit the schedules and best travel times website for more details.

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