Memorial Day Weekend Travel Information – Everett Post


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With last year’s Memorial Day weekend being a home event with the expanding pandemic, this year’s is very different. With the growing number of people now fully vaccinated, many more people will be hitting the road for the holiday weekend. Traffic volumes can look like “the old days” for 3 day weekend trips.

The Washington State Department of Transportation has a few suggestions for your Friday getaway and Monday return, no matter if it’s north, south, east, or west of North Sound.

Heading east to east Washington, Friday’s most intense traffic volumes increase late in the morning and continue through the evening, regardless of whether you are driving east on US 2 via Stevens Pass or on I-90 Snoqualmie Pass. The same is true heading south on I-5 to Portland or north to Bellingham or the San Juans.

Speaking of ferries, wait times at westbound ferry terminals like Edmonds, Mukilteo and Anacortes often reach two or even three hours on Friday afternoons and evenings.

The same heavy traffic volumes occur on Memorial Day “return home” trips on ferries and highways. Eastbound ferry terminals like Clinton and Kingston also had to wait two to three hours. Westbound on both US 2 Stevens Pass and I-90 Snoqualmie Pass also have solid traffic backups on Memorial Day.

What can you do to make your road trips easier? State DOT suggests leaving very early or late on Friday or early Saturday for ferries and highways to avoid rush hour. Your return trip can be late Sunday or quite early or late Monday. This kind of strategy can help relieve your travel anxiety.

Sadly, gas prices soared to about $ 3.50 per gallon on average across the state, just over a dollar above prices over Memorial Day weekend of 2020.

On a more positive note though, the weather for this Memorial Day weekend promises plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures statewide. No matter where you are going or what you are doing this holiday weekend, enjoy it. We all deserve it.

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