EVERETT — Heading out for last blast of summer holiday travel? Expect heavier congestion on I-90, especially westbound, for the Labor Day holiday.
Bridge deck repairs have reduced westbound lanes from three to two at Snoqualmie Pass. Lanes also are closed in the Cle Elum area for repaving work. Delays are a certainty.
On U.S. 2, travelers returning home should aim to hit Stevens Pass before 9 a.m. if they want to beat traffic — or wait until late evening. That’s based on historical traffic patterns. Don’t be surprised if things are worse with drivers choosing U.S. 2 to avoid I-90.
Find predicted traffic volumes for all major routes at www.wsdot.wa.gov/congestion/laborday.
If you’re heading onto a ferry, try to snag a reservation if your plans include the Anacortes-San Juan Islands or Port Townsend-Coupeville routes. More information is at www.takeaferry.com.
Ferry-goers in Mukilteo and Edmonds could see even longer wait times than usual for the holiday.
Washington State Ferries in recent weeks has been swapping vessels among routes as it deals with a spate of mechanical issues. As a result of one of those moves, the Mukilteo-Clinton route is expected to have a slight reduction in capacity for the holiday weekend.
Check the Washington State Ferries website for the current status of all routes (www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries).
In general, if you plan to head out Friday for your far-flung adventures, aim to travel early or late in the day.