WSDOT warns of heavy Labor Day traffic congestion

Labor Day weekend is often the last big weekend of summer festivities, and Washington State Department of Transportation officials are urging would-be travelers to plan ahead and be prepared for probable congestion this year.

Washington State Ferries passengers should expect heavier traffic during the holiday weekend, and reservations are strongly recommended for the Anacortes-San Juan Islands; Anacortes-Sidney, British Columbia; and Port Townsend-Coupeville ferry routes.

However, to ease congestion statewide, WSDOT suspends most state highway construction work during the holiday weekend, including on Friday, Aug. 31. This year that includes wrapping up the Interstate 90 work over Snoqualmie Pass before the holiday, so that the divided westbound lanes will no longer be in place.

Reservations can be made online at www.wsdot.wa.gov or by calling 888-808-7977.

Travelers are encouraged to check WSDOT’s mobile app, Facebook page, multiple Twitter accounts and online tools for traffic information and ferry delay updates.

Also, most public transit systems will follow a holiday schedule, and some transit systems will not operate fixed-route or Dial-A-Ride service on holidays, and Amtrak Cascades passengers are encouraged to purchase tickets early and should plan to arrive at the station one hour before departure.

Travelers can consult WSDOT’s holiday-weekend traffic volume charts (available at www.wsdot.wa.gov/congestion/laborday/2018/driver-tips).

More in News

Deets will stay deputy mayor

Councilman Joe Deets will continue to serve as Bainbridge Island’s deputy mayor.… Continue reading

Bainbridge Island’s new tree rules start soon

Islanders who want to learn more about the city of Bainbridge Island’s… Continue reading

TRAVEL ADVISORY | Friday night sailings on Bainbridge run will be late

Washington State Ferries is advising travelers on the Bainbridge Island-Seattle route that… Continue reading

Weekend weather report: Who let the fog out | The Bainbridge Blab

Bainbridge Island will be blanketed by fog this weekend, according to the… Continue reading

Food, donations collected for Helpline House

The annual Thanksgiving Food Drive has started at at Modern Collision Rebuild… Continue reading

Bainbridge blotter | Hit-and-run in Winslow

Selected reports from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter. MONDAY, OCT. 29… Continue reading

Floating pep rally sets sail from Bainbridge to Seattle Thursday

For the fourth year in a row, Seattle Seahawks fans are invited… Continue reading

A (really) dry run: Island father-son team tackle infamous desert ultramarathon

For many runners, completing a marathon is a transcendent achievement, a sense… Continue reading

Agate Pass Bridge to be shut down for construction work

Agate Pass Bridge will be completely shut down to traffic for construction… Continue reading

Most Read