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voodoo101

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Posted: 05/08/21 08:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I will be travelling through Olympia in route to Anacortes area about mid-day on a July Saturday. My last time through a few years ago I used IH-405 mid day Sunday, expecting light traffic, and it was white knuckles all the way. Pulling a fiver. Any preferred route from a local? Thanks, bill

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I-5 thru the Seattle is best during the late evening, or early in the morning on the weekend.

Best drive is 101 and Port Townsend. and the ferry, then Highway 20.

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* This post was edited 05/08/21 09:14am by Tom/Barb *


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Cutting off at I-405 is a tad bit better, sometimes, the plus is that you don't have all the craziness going through downtown Seattle. But I agree with Tom/Barb on the times.


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I think that I-5 is the easiest. Be sure that you leave 2 lanes to your left when you see the sports stadiums on your left when entering Seattle.

I've found that I-405 can be congested especially with toll only lanes on the left.


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I have been going thru Seattle only on weekends {sundays} early and haven't had many slowdowns. Guess I have been lucky for the last 60 plus yrs useually in Aug. I prefer I 5


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Check a traffic flow map.

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If you're not in a hurry and might enjoy a ride thru the country, here is an option that is 22 miles/34 minutes longer than I-5 thru Seattle:

I-5 North to SR18 East to I-90 West to SR203 North to SR2 West to I-5 North SR20 West.

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2oldman wrote:

Check a traffic flow map.


https://www.wsdot.com/traffic/seattle/default.aspx

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WSDOT has a lot of good informaton, maps, times and cameras. Google Maps also handles the area well. You can choose a future travel time; future times are a range, since exact conditions will vary. But it highlights common tight spots.

I5 won't have the heavy downtown oriented traffic (unless there's a game), but Saturday thru traffic can still be heavy. 405 isn't much different. There is a freeway alterternative using 167 that bypasses the core Tacoma traffic, though it still hits a tight spot around Renton.

For minimal traffic, you could take 101 north to Port Townsend, and then the ferry. That ferry is short, but reservations are strongly recommended.

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I would not touch I405. Go through Seattle mid day (noon) if week day or late at night (after 7PM) and drive straight up I5 to 20. If weekend you can go any time.

* This post was edited 05/08/21 10:02pm by ScottG *

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