How to avoid Memorial Day traffic delays



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Posted on May 23, 2014 at 6:45 AM

Updated Friday, May 23 at 7:01 AM

SEATTLE – Millions of people are getting ready to get out of town for Memorial Day weekend. AAA predicts nine out of ten of travelers will be driving to their long weekend destinations.

The Washington State Department of Transportation expects Friday and Monday will be the busiest travel days on the road. 

Related: WSDOT charts the best and worst travel times

WSDOT recommends avoiding holiday traffic by traveling during off-peak hours, so leave early morning or late evening. That applies to people planning on taking state ferries or Amtrak, which are both popular over the holidays.

The worst areas for congestion are typically Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass; US 2 over Stevens Pass; Interstate 5 between Thurston and Pierce Counties and; I-5 between Bellingham and the U.S.-Canada border.   

To help alleviate the problem, state highway construction projects will stop work by noon Friday and suspended through the holiday.

Weekend toll rates will apply to the 520 floating bridge on Monday, Memorial Day.

Memorial Day weekend begins what's been dubbed "the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers."  According AAA, more teens hit the roads during summer break and there's heightened concern about texting and driving.

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