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AAA: Nearly 47 Million Americans Will Set New Independence Day Holiday Travel Record

A record-breaking 46.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Independence Day holiday, an increase of more than 5 percent compared with last year and the highest number since AAA started tracking 18 years ago. For the 39.7 million Americans planning a Fourth of July road trip, INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, predicts travel times in the most congested cities in the U.S. could be twice as long than the normal trip, with Tuesday being the busiest day.

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RailBlazer, the West Coast’s Only Single Rail Steel Coaster, Debuts at California’s Great America

The wait is over for guests who are ready to ride the groundbreaking new single rail steel coaster, RailBlazer, at California’s Great America. Opening to the public on Thursday, June 14, the much-anticipated coaster is the first of its kind on the West Coast, featuring a single rail track.

The design requires the rider to straddle the rail, creating an extremely low center of gravity that amplifies every move and enables more dynamic turns and rotations than have ever been possible on a coaster. With an eight-passenger single file train hugging the rail, riders will speed smoothly over the twisting track as they experience an abundance of airtime and steeply banked turns.

Features of the ride include:

  • A maximum height of 106 feet
  • A 90-degree, face-down first drop
  • Over 1,800 feet of track
  • A top speed of 52 miles per hour
  • Three inversions, including a zero-gravity roll

“We know our guests can’t wait to ride RailBlazer, a truly revolutionary roller coaster concept,” said Raul Rehnborg, vice president and general manager, California’s Great America. “This intense and exhilarating attraction kicks off a multi-year transformation of California’s Great America, following the City of Santa Clara’s approval of the park’s new master plan. This world-class attraction will be the first of many exciting and new developments guests will experience in the years to come.”

The design spirit of the ride is reflective of an off-road adventure, with immersive sensory theming that embraces the great outdoors of the Bay Area and Central Coast. Once on board, riders will ascend a 45-degree climb, dive into a ravine and encounter steeped embankments representing an extreme four-wheeling journey. Imposing physical elements during the ride and queue line include a natural waterway, rocky surroundings and a trailhead marquee sign designed to mark the beginning of the journey.

Season Passholders will have early access to RailBlazer, with the exclusive opportunity to ride all week whenever the park is open, before the ride opens to the public on Thursday, June 14.

To learn more about RailBlazer, purchase Season Passes or check operating hours, visit www.cagreatamerica.com.


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Bridge Repairs Begin on I-5 in Oregon. Expect Delays

The Oregon Department of Transportation reports that repairs begin next week on two Interstate 5 bridges that span Crowson Road south of Ashland. The work requires reducing I-5 traffic to a single lane in each direction.

The $2.5 million rehabilitation project will occur during daylight hours. The work requires a traffic crossover, allowing prime contractor Carter and Company to close one bridge while working on the other. The contractor will set signs, build crossovers and eventually pour new concrete decks on the twin bridges located near the Siskiyou Summit chain up area (milepost 13).

The bridges were part of the original I-5 construction project and date back to the mid-1960s. The decks are old and in poor shape with concrete spalling.

Hydroblasting will remove poor concrete. Hydroblasting utilizes high-pressure water to remove deteriorated concrete, providing an excellent bonding surface for repair material and new coating applications. Unlike jackhammers, hydroblasting does not produce vibrations throughout a structure and therefore does not introduce micro fractures.

During the hydroblasting, Crowson Road will be under flagger control.

This bridge repair work will continue through the end of September.


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I-5 Ramp in Oregon Closed Thru June 11

The Oregon Department of Transportation reports that the Bertha Boulevard on-ramp to northbound Interstate 5 will be closed the weekend of June 8-11 for maintenance.

The ramp will close at 9:00 p.m. Friday June 8 and re-open no later than 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 11.

Travelers should find an alternate ramp to northbound I-5.


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Plan Additional Travel Time for I-5 Construction in Washington

Late night and early morning drivers who travel on Interstate 5 in Lacey are encouraged to plan additional time to their trips. Starting as soon as Monday, June 18, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will begin a project to replace aging and worn I-5 bridge expansion joints at Martin Way.

Night work

  • Night single-lane closures will begin as early as 9 p.m. in both directions of I-5.
  • All lanes will reopen no later than 5:30 a.m. weekdays.
  • All work is weather-dependent.
  • The project is expected to be complete by mid-summer.

Expansion joints are a critical component for bridges. They allow sections of a bridge to expand and contract with changing temperatures and traffic loads. The expansion joints on these bridges are decades old.

This work is similar to a previous WSDOT project that replaced aging bridge expansion joints at Pacific Avenue in Olympia last summer.


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Most Visited Memorial Day Travel Destinations for 2018

You may be a little surprised to find what this year’s most-visited Memorial Day destinations are.

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and Americans will kick off the season by traveling in near-record numbers. According to AAA, more than 41.5 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend.

So let’s begin. Here’s this year’s list of the most-visited Memorial Day destinations in the U.S., based on AAA advance travel bookings…

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AAA Lists Worst Times to Hit the Road This Memorial Day Weekend

For the 36.6 million Americans traveling by automobile, INRIX, in collaboration with the American Automobile Association (AAA), predicts drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion on Thursday, May 24 and Friday, May 25 – in the late afternoon as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers. Several major U.S. metros could experience double the travel times compared to a normal trip, while New Yorkers could see three times the delay.

“Ranked the most congested country in the world, U.S. drivers are all too familiar with sitting in traffic,” said Graham Cookson, Chief Economist and Head of Research, INRIX. “Drivers should expect congestion across a greater number of days than in previous years, with the getaway period starting on Wednesday, May 23. Our advice to drivers is to avoid peak commute times in major cities altogether – traveling late morning or early afternoon – or plan alternative routes.”

Worst Days/Times to Travel for Select Cities…


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Nearly 42 Million Americans Will Kick Off Summer with a Memorial Day Getaway

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and Americans will kick off the season by traveling in near-record numbers. According to AAA, more than 41.5 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend, nearly 5 percent more than last year and the most in more than a dozen years. With nearly 2 million additional people taking to planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transportation, INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, expects travel delays on major roads could be up to three times longer than normal, with the busiest days being Thursday and Friday (May 24-25) as commuters mix with holiday travelers.

“The highest gas prices since 2014 won’t keep travelers home this Memorial Day weekend,” said Bill Sutherland, senior vice president, AAA Travel and Publishing. “A strong economy and growing consumer confidence are giving Americans all the motivation they need to kick off what we expect to be a busy summer travel season with a Memorial Day getaway.”

The vast majority of travelers – 36.6 million – will hit the road this Memorial Day, 4.7 percent more than last year.

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There’s Something New for Thrill Seekers at U.S. Theme Parks and Water Parks in 2018

Record numbers of theme park visitors are preparing for thrilling and memorable new experiences as the unofficial theme park season opens Memorial Day Weekend.

According to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions’ IAAPA Global Theme and Amusement Park Outlook Report (2017 to 2021), in 2018 the anticipated U.S. theme and amusement park attendance estimate is 398.5 million and guest spending will grow to an estimated $23.58 billion.

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First ‘Revive I-5’ Weekend With Lane Closures Now in the Books

Favorable weather over the weekend allowed for major preservation work on northbound Interstate 5 between the West Seattle Bridge and downtown Seattle. The focus now shifts to this coming weekend’s work.

This past weekend Washington State Department of Transportation contractor crews poured the equivalent of more than 150 cement mixer loads of concrete in the right lanes of I-5 near the West Seattle Bridge and replaced the right half of six expansion joints underneath the Seattle Convention Center.

“There is so much to do on I-5 to keep it reliable for freight haulers and commuters that it’s important to complete this work as soon as possible,” said Project Engineer Dave Lindberg. “We understand the weekend work is inconvenient for people, but these lane and ramp closures allow us to do a large amount of work in a short period of time.”

More lane reductions this weekend
Additional work is scheduled for the weekend of April 28-29, when the crews will reduce northbound I-5 to two lanes in the same area. This time contractors will complete the following work:

  • Replace more concrete on the interstate near the West Seattle Bridge as well as under the I-90 interchange.
  • Replace the left half of seven expansion joints between University and Mercer streets.

Lane reductions will begin near Michigan Street at 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, and will wrap up by 5 a.m. Monday, April 30. Northbound I-5 will be reduced to two lanes between the West Seattle Bridge and downtown. All northbound I-5 traffic will be routed through the collector-distributor lanes. People who drive should note that the collector-distributor is temporarily restriped so the right lane is an exit only to Madison Street. This configuration will remain in place through the summer.

Plan ahead and use alternatives
With northbound I-5 limited to two lanes, people who use the freeway will need to plan to use alternatives:

  • Transit, carpools and vanpools
  • I-405, I-90, and state routes 99, 509 and 599
  • Travel before 8 a.m. or after 8 p.m.
  • Consider postponing discretionary trips

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