Memorial Day is just around the corner, and that means the unofficial start to summer! As Americans prepare for long-weekend getaways, trips to the beach and family picnics, they’ll also be faced with what’s predicted to be one of the busiest Memorial Day Weekends on record. Relatively low gas prices means the roads will be extra crowded.
The Washington State Department of Transportation reports that while no roadwork is scheduled over the holiday weekend, roadways are going to be extremely busy.
To ease congestion statewide, WSDOT suspends most state highway construction work during the holiday weekend starting Friday, Sept. 2. On Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5, the State Route 520 bridge toll will be on holiday rates, while the Interstate 405 express toll lanes will be free and open to all drivers.
Use these tips to navigating congested areas:
- Slow down: Please obey posted restricted speed limits. Speed is reduced for everyone’s safety.
- Stay alert: Be especially aware of other vehicles and prepare for any sudden stops.
- Allow extra travel time: Drivers delayed by congestion sometimes try to compensate by driving faster once the congestion clears. Instead, allow extra travel time or consider adjusting travel schedules if possible.
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