When is the busiest time to drive Memorial Day Weekend?

When is the busiest time to drive Memorial Day Weekend?

Credit: WSDOT

When is the busiest time to drive Memorial Day Weekend?

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by TRAVIS PITTMAN / KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on May 25, 2012 at 9:57 AM

The Washington State Department of Transportation has released charts showing the busiest times to travel during Memorial Day Weekend.

The areas WSDOT focuses on are:

Interstate 90 between North Bend and Cle Elum

US 2 between Stevens Pass and Leavenworth

Interstate 5 between Tacoma and Olympia

Interstate 5 near the Canadian Border

Our attached galleries have WSDOT charts of what drivers can expect in those trouble areas. If you don't see a highway listed on a certain day, that means WSDOT does not expect significant backups.

Traditionally, Monday afternoon is the worst, especially over westbound over Snoqualmie Pass. That commute has been known to last for several hours, so drivers are advised to cross very early or very late Monday.

Other hot spots are the ferry terminals. If you want to make sure you get where you want to go, make an advanced reservation. Some ferry runs are nearly booked even before the weekend begins. You're also encouraged to travel during off-peak times.

Most public transit systems will be on a holiday schedule.

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