It's Friday night and the Puget Sound roads are jammed. We all have places to go and people to see.
For several years we have suggested that travelers check their route before they leave home. We use a suite of tools to tell you about problem spots, including our web site, 5-1-1 telephone traffic information, e-mail alerts, highway radio transmitters and electronic message boards.
I can even get traffic flow map information on my blackberry device. It's not a statewide look yet, but we're heading that direction.
But in the end, all this information tells what we already know. Friday at 5 p.m. is a terrible time to try and get anywhere because we ALL want to get there at the same time. Even with the best information, we can't avoid gridlock when we all try and travel at the same time.
We are always looking for new ways to keep you updated on traveler information. What's missing? Got any ideas for how we can do this better? We'd love to hear your thoughts.
posted by Lloyd Brown, WSDOT communication director