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Getting out of town? Pick the best time to beat the traffic

Post by John Henrikson / The News Tribune on Nov. 21, 2011 at 4:09 pm with No Comments »
November 21, 2011 5:22 pm

If you’re headed to Grandmother’s house or any other place out of town for Thanksgiving, expect to hit some traffic, especially if you’re traveling Interstate 5 or the mountain passes.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is offering some handy tools to help drivers avoid peak times on major routes – or at least know what they are getting into.

These charts from WSDOT show likely traffic delays on I-5 between Tacoma and Olympia on Wednesday and Thursday, based on typical holiday travel patterns. The idea would be to avoid the peak times shown in red.






WSDOT also offers similar charts for other routes, including the Snoqualmie and Stevens passes, and the return trip this weekend on its website.

The travel weekend coincides with a wintery weather system. If you are going over the passes, be sure to check out current conditions on the DOT site.

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