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Most state travel numbers up for July 4th weekend

Post by Mike Archbold on July 8, 2009 at 11:20 am with No Comments »
July 8, 2009 11:20 am

Yes, there was a lot of traffic on state highways over the July 4th weekend, according to the The Washington State Department of Transportation. WSDOT released preliminary traffic counts today in the following press release:

OLYMPIA – Preliminary data from WSDOT’s Transportation Data Office

revealed more drivers hit the roadways for Independence Day weekend

2009, with just one minor exception. WSDOT’s traffic counts show a

slight decrease in travel from the Bellingham area north to the Canadian


WSDOT’s initial traffic counts show increase of nearly 15 percent in

holiday traffic on I-90 Snoqualmie Pass compared to 2008, while on US 2

over Stevens Pass there was a 12 percent increase. On I-5 near Olympia,

there was only a 6 percent increase. Further north, on I-5 from

Bellingham to the Canadian border, there was a 1 percent decrease from


While most traffic counts increased, there were no major delays in the

mountains most of the weekend. A collision Friday on Snoqualmie Pass

slowed drivers in the early evening, but Sunday’s commute back into

Western Washington showed only minor delays.

Thursday and Friday traffic on I-5 showed typical commute wait times.

I-5 drivers in the Olympia area heading north experienced delays Sunday

afternoon, while those heading south slowed due to a collision near


WSDOT provides travel information for areas known to be three-day

weekend travel routes so drivers can make the best decisions for their

travel plans.

This is just one of the tools WSDOT offers on its Web site to give

drivers the opportunity to know before they go and know on the road. You

can find these travel tools at www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic.

The Fourth of July fell on a Friday in 2008. The numbers below show the

2009 Fourth of July weekend travel roundup from across the state in

comparison to 2008:

I-90 Snoqualmie Pass

*183,000 vehicles traveled both directions over Snoqualmie Pass between

Thursday and Sunday, an increase of 15 percent (20,000 vehicles).

*4,800 more vehicles Thursday

*19,000 more vehicles Friday

*4,100 more vehicles Saturday

*4,800 more vehicles Sunday

US 2, Stevens Pass

*31,400 vehicles traveled both directions over US 2 from Thursday

through Sunday, an increase of 12 percent (3,900 vehicles) *1,500 more

vehicles traveled Thursday

*1,000 more vehicles traveled Friday

*400 more vehicles traveled on Saturday *1,000 more vehicles traveled on


I-5 Thurston/Lewis counties

*269,400 traveled both directions of I-5 south of Olympia into Lewis

County between Thursday and Sunday, an increase of 6 percent (9,800


*Comparison data from Thursday is unavailable due to a 2008 equipment

failure *3,400 more traveled Friday *5,600 more vehicles Saturday *800

more vehicles Sunday

I-5, Bellingham to US/Canada Border

*121,700 vehicles traveled both directions on I-5 from Bellingham to the

Canadian border between Thursday and Sunday, a decrease of 1 percent

(700 vehicles).

*2,900 more vehicles traveled on Thursday.

*1,100 fewer traveled Friday

*1,200 fewer traveled Saturday

*1,400 fewer traveled Sunday

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