Washington State Department Of Transportation Offers Tips For Memorial Day Travel
Memorial Day weekend is coming soon and the Washington State Department of Transportation has travel updates, advisories, and a WSDOT app. to help motorists plan ahead for weekend destinations. WSDOT wants to remind the driving public to expect longer than typical wait times at ferry docks. Washington State Department of Transportation spokesperson Barbara LaBoe says drivers should plan ahead for delays, and traffic congestion, "We want to remind everyone to expect additional traffic, no matter where you are headed, even if you are staying in town."
WSDOT advises that Interstate 90 will see more traffic than usual Memorial Weekend, and motorists should expect lengthy delays. There are four routes that typically see a higher volume of holiday traffic congestion and do not have alternative route options: US 2 between Skykomish and Stevens Pass, 1-90 North Bend to Cle Elum, I-5 from Lacey to Tacoma, and I-5 Bellingham to the Canadian Border.
- LaBoe says parking along the highway by state parks is unsafe, and motorists should refrain from doing it. "It is a really unsafe move to take. It's unsafe for people parking and walking along highways, those are not designed for pedestrians," she said. " It's also unsafe for the people traveling by-and in some cases we've had where emergency vehicles can't get through."
WSDOT encourages weekend travelers to use the WSDOT app. and social media to track current travel conditions.