Help make your travels less
stressful by leaving early
and using WSDOT's tools to prepare and stay up-to-date
WA.) – No matter what your
holiday plans, being prepared for winter conditions and holiday traffic
help make your trip smoother. The Washington State Department of
urges all travelers to “know before you go” and plan ahead for smoother
a statement this week, WSDOT notes that
"Three-day Christmas weekends are rare – the last one on a Monday was in 2006 – but
traffic analysts have used
historical data to produce travel
time charts predicting
this year’s heaviest
caveat there is that traffic analysts warn
that winter weather is unpredictable, so be prepared for snow and ice
where you travel and know that a sudden snowstorm can affect the travel
provides these spiffy tools to help you
plan your holiday travels:
traffic cameras and email alerts.
WSDOT's online traveler information about
traffic, weather and ferry schedules.
WSDOT’s social media accounts, such as Twitter and Facebook.
530 AM and 1610 AM on your vehicle radios for highway advisory radio
chains and other winter driving essentials.
current chain and traction requirements on the WSDOT passes website or
by calling 5-1-1, and watch for highway advisory signs.
extra time for holiday and winter travel, slow down and drive
conditions. Often crashes or pass closures are due to drivers going too
traveling without proper equipment.
the mountains, State Route 123 Cayuse Pass
(elevation 4,675 feet), State Route 20 North Cascades Highway
feet) and Chinook Pass (elevation 5,430 feet) are
closed for the winter.
Snoqualmie Pass (elevation 3,022), you
receive text alerts for pass delays 30 minutes or longer
– text “wsdot
snoqualmie” to 468311 to subscribe, and “wsdot stop” to unsubscribe.
the Puget Sound, the State Route 520 bridge
across Lake Washington will have weekend
toll rates on Monday, Dec. 25. Travel is free on
the Interstate 405 express
toll lanes on Christmas day, returning to normal toll and HOV
from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday,
Dec. 26. I-405 express toll lanes are always free on
weekends and evenings.
Out-of-town travelers can learn about toll roads and short-term account
on the Good to Go! visitors page.
If renting a vehicle, check with the rental agency about their tolls
a trip by ferry, train, personal aircraft or bus also should make plans
avoid holiday delays:
ahead for heavy holiday ferry traffic and consider
purchasing tickets online to
save time. The longest
lines are expected westbound Friday afternoon
and evening, Dec. 22,
and eastbound throughout the
day Monday, Dec. 25,
recommended on the San Juan and Port Townsend/Coupeville
routes. Some ferry
routes run on Saturday schedules
holiday, check the Washington State Ferries website or
call 888-808-7977 for
Cascades passengers are encouraged to purchase tickets early
and should plan to
arrive at the station one hour before departure. All Amtrak Cascades
require reservations and trains fill up quickly during holidays, though
daily roundtrips between Seattle and Portland starting Dec.
18 will offer travelers more options.
Visit www.amtrakcascades.com/ or
call 800–USA–RAIL for details.
information about traveling via state-operated airports, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/aviation/airports/Amenities.htm or
with your local public transit agency for
any holiday schedule or service
changes, including some Dial-A-Ride and fixed-route service that may
not run on