Wednesday, June 20, 2018

WSDOT #TBT highlights busy traffic weekend in Puget Sound area

By Ally Barrera

You may notice that this week’s Busy Weekend Map looks a little more... simple... than usual. There’s a reason for that!

In honor of the popular “Throwback Thursday” trend on social media, this week’s map is paying homage to the one that started it all.

This week's Busy Weekend Paint Map highlights events and roadwork with a significant effect on traffic, including the closure of westbound US 2 at the Hewitt Avenue trestle and Seattle Pride.
Our first Busy Weekend Map made its debut just before Pride Weekend 2016. Despite its simplicity and – ahem – “unsophisticated” drawings, the map got a lot of attention. Two years and about a dozen maps later, it’s still one of our most popular Tweets.

More importantly, it spawned the Busy Weekend Maps you’re used to seeing today, which have become one of the most popular ways we alert the public about events and roadwork that could affect their weekend travels on state highways.
Our very first Busy Weekend Map for June 24-26, 2016.
Even two years later, it's still one of our most shared tweets.
Here’s some of what you need to know if you plan on hitting the road this weekend:
  • Large events will affect traffic: Expect lots of congestion in and around Seattle as people head to some big special events, including PrideFest and the Sounders vs. Chicago match.
  • US 2: The westbound US 2 closure scheduled from 7 p.m. Friday, June 22, to 4 a.m. Monday, June 25, has been postponed due to weather. The work is rescheduled to the weekend of June 30-July 1. 
  • I-90: 24/7 lane reductions and traffic shifts on westbound I-90 will cause big travel delays for people heading either direction over Snoqualmie Pass. Pack extra water and snacks!
  • SR 99: All lanes of southbound State Route 99 through downtown Seattle will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Sunday for work related to the SR 99 Tunnel project. Know your alternate routes before you leave home.
These Busy Weekend Maps are not meant to be a social event calendar. They are meant to show what events and construction work will significantly affect people who use state highways. The maps are just one of many tools we offer to help people know traffic conditions before they hit the road. We urge people to also check our Special Events Calendar page and Weekly Travel Planner for a more comprehensive list of events and roadwork happening near them.

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