By Summer Derrey
Summer is coming to an end and many people will be trying to enjoy a last-gasp of warm weather, making Labor Day one of the heaviest traveled weekends of the year.
If you are headed east to see Dave Mathews at The Gorge or simply enjoying the solace of eastern Washington, don't get stuck 'treading trodden I-90 for a long long time.' We've got a few tips to consider before hitting the road.
Where are the slow spots?
Traffic is down to one lane eastbound at the Vantage bridge for a painting project. While work won’t be happening, the concrete barriers have to stay in place in case of high-wind emergencies in which the containment system must be taken down ASAP to prevent bridge damage. We recommend crossing the bridge before 11 a.m. on Friday or consider taking alternate routes such as US 97, Interstate 82 or State Route 24.
Eastbound traffic on Snoqualmie Pass gets backed-up Friday afternoon and Saturday mornings near Easton and Cle Elum. Although we won’t be working, there are multiple inactive work zones with narrow lanes and shoulders that will cause a couple pinch points. We also recommend leaving early Friday or waiting until later Saturday afternoon. US 2 is a viable detour, but it gets busy on the weekends as well.
The rush to get back home westbound Sunday and Monday always cause delays too. Mornings are your best bet to beat the backup.
There is no point in speeding up and making up for lost time. That can be dangerous and deadly. Please obey all posted speed limits. We want you (and others around you) to arrive safely. The Washington State Patrol will increase patrols and issue tickets to reckless drivers.
Before heading out, check our mobile app and our Snoqualmie Pass web page. These travel graphs will give you an idea of the best times to travel.
No doubt about it, there will be heavy traffic this weekend. But with a little patience and perhaps humming along to Dave Matthews Band, you'll get there. Until then, safe travels.