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Memorial Day Weekend - US 2 Stevens Pass and I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass

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OLYMPIA - Drivers headed to the mountains this holiday weekend should be prepared for additional traffic, especially on US 2 Stevens Pass and I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass. Monday, Memorial Day, is the busiest day of westbound US 2 travel each year.

WSDOT is retiming signals on US 2 to help keep traffic flowing Friday and Monday.

Drivers on I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2007/05/15_snoqualmietraveladvisory.htm and ocean beach highways can expect higher-than-normal traffic volumes Friday afternoon, Saturday morning and Monday afternoon.

Traffic increases on most sections of I-5 on Friday afternoon and on Monday.

*I-90 Snoqualmie Pass best travel times

www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2007/05/15_snoqualmietraveladvisory.htm

*US 2 between Everett and Leavenworth best travel times

www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2007/05/22_MemorialDayTrafficCharts.htm#us2

*I-5 between Chehalis and Olympia best travel times

www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2007/05/22_MemorialDayTrafficCharts.htm#i5

*Summer Travel Driving Tips

www.wsdot.wa.gov/NR/rdonlyres/1E9FB072-4DB8-4319-9050-3B773C328D70/0/SummerDrivingTips.pdf

State highways across Washington will see typical heavy holiday weekend traffic, but as the traditional summer road trip season starts, many Memorial Day drivers travel to areas north and east of King County and to the coast. Longer-than typical wait times at ferry docks and Canadian border crossings are also expected most of the holiday weekend.

WSDOT crews work hard to ensure that travelers reach their destination safely and advise drivers to plan ahead to save time and frustration. Travel times are significantly lighter Wednesday and Thursday morning and on Tuesday.

Know before you go: visit WSDOT's Web site. WSDOT offers several ways to get construction information from our Web site at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ before you leave your home or office:

*Traffic map www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/seattle/ - The color-coded map shows where traffic is heavy and light so you can alter your commute accordingly.

*Travel times www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/seattle/traveltimes/- Real-time point-to-point travel times

*Traffic cameras www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/default.aspx - take a look at traffic conditions on a growing number of highway locations throughout the Puget Sound region

*E-mail alerts www.wsdot.wa.gov/Northwest/EmailUpdates.htm - Sign up for one of several e-mail alert lists. You'll get advance notice of upcoming construction closures delivered right to your inbox 

*Construction update report www.wsdot.wa.gov/construction/ - comprehensive, seven-day advance listing of lane, ramp and road closures

*Project pages www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/ - Find your highway and see the long and short-term construction plans

Also, look for:

Overhead electronic signs - these direct and alert drivers on the road.
Highway advisory radio - These yellow signs with flashing lights alert drivers to tune into radio frequencies airing construction updates and other roadway information.

IRT: WSDOT's Incident Response Team (IRT) will be ready to assist motorists on major highways and mountain passes, searching for stranded motorists, and responding to incidents blocking roadways. IRT is on-call 24 hours a day and will help motorists with flat tires, dead batteries, overheated engines and other services to keep traffic moving on the road. There will be additional IRT coverage on the weekend and Monday, the Memorial Day holiday.

Work at most construction projects around the state will move off the highway from Friday, May 25, at noon until Tuesday morning, May 29. Although there may not be any active construction, drivers should be prepared for shifted lanes, roadway detours and reduced speed zones in places.

The following are areas where motorists may encounter delays over the holiday weekend:

Mountain Passes

*US 2/Stevens Pass: US 2/Stevens Pass: IRT service for US 2 Steven Pass will be available Friday, May 25 and again on Monday, May 28 from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The US 2 Iron Goat Interpretive Site on the west side of Stevens Pass will be open for Memorial Day weekend.

*US 97/Blewett Pass: US 97 takes drivers north/south through the center of Washington. Drivers can expect heavier than normal traffic Friday and Monday.

*I-90/Snoqualmie Pass: Holiday travelers using Snoqualmie Pass will see heavier traffic eastbound Friday and Saturday, May 25 and 26. The holiday will end with heavy traffic heading westbound on Monday, May 28. For more information, visit: www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2007/05/15_snoqualmietraveladvisory.htm

*SR 410 Chinook: WSDOT crews are on schedule to open SR 410 Chinook Pass on Thursday, May 24th at noon. Crews are working to clear SR 410 between Crystal Mountain Boulevard and the Chinook Pass. This section includes the summit of Cayuse Pass.

*SR 123 Cayuse: SR 123 is closed between the Cayuse Pass summit at the SR 410 junction and Stevens Canyon Road. This section of SR 123 will likely not open this year due to extensive storm damage. The outlook for reopening SR 123 www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2007/04/Chinook+and+Cayuse+Passes+2007.htm on the south side of Cayuse Pass is bleak. Extensive damage from last November's storms completely washed out a large section of SR 123 five miles south of the Cayuse Pass summit.

*SR 20: North Cascades Highway was opened April 26, more than two weeks ahead of schedule. Cooperative weather stabilized snow conditions which allowed the work to proceed much faster than originally anticipated.

View statewide mountain pass conditions www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/passes/

Northwest Washington/Puget Sound area

*Historically traffic builds both directions on I-5 south of Thurston County and into Lewis County late Monday.

*The coastal area of Western Washington will also experience heavier traffic in spring and summer months.

*Travel on Puget Sound highways will increase Thursday, with peak travel times from noon to 9 p.m. Friday and early Saturday. Monday afternoon travel back into the Puget Sound area will peak just before noon and continue into late evening hours.

Eastern Washington

*Work is underway 24 hours per day, seven days per week, including holidays on the I-90 project in downtown Spokane www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/i90/spokaneviaductbridgedeck. There are two lanes in each direction, a 45 mph speed limit, narrow lanes, and no shoulders.

*On State Route 31 near Metaline Falls, a bridge resurfacing project www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR31/PendOreilleBridgeDeck is underway with single-lane traffic controlled by a signal. Loads more than 10-feet wide or 40-feet long must use the detour route via Sullivan Creek Road. This restriction includes trucks and recreational vehicles, (with or without trailers), that exceed the 40-foot length. Vehicles that exceed the 40-foot length will be required to turn around.

*Also, work may be underway on SR 270 http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR270/PullmanIdahoStLine on Friday, May 25 with possible delays and there are bridge restrictions in place on SR 231 north of Reardan www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR231/SpokaneRiverBridgeDeck/ for loads over 8-feet wide.

Southwest Washington

*SR 508, both directions at Bear Canyon www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR508/BearCanyon/ (milepost 21.4, near Cinebar, west of Morton) remains closed while crews work to rebuild the highway. Construction repairs started on Monday April 16, 2007 and should be complete by the end of July. The highway is closed to vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians.

Trains

*Amtrak Cascades trains frequently sell out on holiday weekends. Be sure to purchase your tickets well in advance and arrive early at the station for your departure. For more information, visit: www.amtrakcascades.com/ or call 1-800-USA-RAIL.

Washington State Ferries

*WSF is expecting heavy traffic for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, which is traditionally the beginning of summer crowds for the ferry system. The holiday schedule will be in effect on Monday, May 29, on the following routes: Edmonds/Kingston, Mukilteo/Clinton, Seattle/Bainbridge and Point Defiance/Tahlequah. There will be no Seattle/Vashon Passenger Only service on Monday, May 29. On Friday, May 26, there will be an extra sailing from Anacortes to Lopez at 3 p.m. On Monday, May 29, WSF will operate on the "Sunday" sailing schedule, which provides additional service from the San Juan Islands.

*Holiday schedules and other ferry information can be found at Washington State Ferries' Web site at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/ or by calling toll-free at 1-888-808-7977. 

Aviation

*The 16 state-operated airports are currently open for the season. To check the status of state-operated airports, visit: www.wsdot.wa.gov/aviation/airports/Amenities.htm or call 1-800-552-0666.

WSDOT Aviation encourages pilots to check with their local Flight Service Station for current Notices to Airmen and temporary flight restriction status before each flight. To contact the Flight Service Station, please call 1-800-WX-BRIEF. Temporary flight restriction information is available at: www.airspace.nifc.gov/mapping/nifc/index.cfm

Buses

*Most public transit systems will follow a holiday schedule and some transit systems will not operate fixed route or Dial-A-Ride service on Memorial Day. Check with your local transit agency www.wsdot.wa.gov/choices/bus.cfm for more information.

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