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Best and worst times to travel this Labor Day in Washington

See peak travel times and holiday toll changes around Puget Sound this Labor Day.

Labor Day has arrived. Whether you're hitting up the Washington State Fair in Puyallup, coming home from camping, or just exploring around town, you can count on crowded roads and ferries. 

See the best and worst times to travel, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation

On Monday, drivers going northbound out of Olympia can expect heavy traffic between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. 

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Southbound traffic on I-5 to Olympia is expected to be the heaviest between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. 

Credit: WSDOT

Westbound travel on I-90 is expected to be heavy from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Eastbound traffic on Monday should be average.  

Credit: WSDOT

If you're traveling northbound on I-5 up to Canada, peak travel is expected from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Monday.  

Credit: WSDOT

If you're driving south from Canada on Monday, travel will be heaviest from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.  

Credit: WSDOT

According to WSDOT

In the Puget Sound, weekend toll rates will be in effect on Monday, Sept. 2, on the State Route 520 bridge. The Interstate 405 express toll lanes will be free and open to all drivers on the Monday holiday. Travelers can learn about toll roads and rental car tips on the Good to Go! visitors page.

Check the Labor Day forecast here

Expect a busy weekend on the water, as well. Drivers can expect lengthy waits at all state terminals. Washington State Ferries expects 500,000 customers to board a vessel this weekend. Find ferry travel alerts here

SEATTLE - The Tacoma, one of Washington State Ferries largest vessels, was taken out of the water Monday to be fixed for repairs. "Apparently, it struck something under the surface. So, we're removing the propeller to make some repairs and it actually sheared off the dunce cap as well, which is a protective cap that covers the end of the shaft," said Vigor project manager Randy Wyllys.

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