Spent Labor Day weekend home? You weren’t the only one

Labor Day Weekend Travel Recap 2009

I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass
187,000 vehicles traveled both directions of Snoqualmie Pass between Friday and Monday 2009, a decrease of 18,000 vehicles (9 percent) compared with 2008.

Other comparisons with 2008 include:

  • 53,700 traveled Friday, with 2,200 (4 percent) fewer vehicle. Much of the decrease came in the westbound direction.
  • 42,200 traveled Saturday, with 5,000 (or 11 percent) fewer vehicles.
  • 42,000 traveled Sunday, with 5,800 (or 12 percent) fewer vehicle.
  • 48,800 traveled Monday, with 5,300 (or 10 percent) fewer vehicles. The data also noted a large drop after 7 p.m., when compared with 2008.

I-5, Bellingham to U.S./Canadian border
129,700 vehicles traveled both directions of I-5 near Bellingham between Friday and Monday 2009, an increase of 3,400 vehicles (3 percent) compared with 2008. Other comparisons with 2008 include:

  • 36,300 traveled Friday, with 580 (2 percent) more vehicles,
  • 32,600 traveled Saturday, with 440 (1 percent) more vehicles.
  • 31,400 traveled Sunday, with 1,000 (3 percent) more vehicles.
  • 29,300 traveled Monday, with 1,300 (4 percent) more vehicles.

I-5, Olympia to Chehalis (Thurston/Lewis county line)
258,000 vehicles traveled both directions of I-5 near the Thurston/Lewis county line between Friday and Monday, a decrease of 14,000 vehicles (6 percent) compared with 2008. Other comparisons with 2008 include:

  • 76,700 vehicle traveled Friday, with 880 (or 1 percent) fewer vehicles.
  • 63,300 vehicle traveled Saturday, with 5,600 (or 9 percent) fewer vehicles.
  • 56,100 vehicle traveled Sunday, with 5,400 (or 10 percent) fewer vehicles.
  • 61,900 vehicle traveled Monday, with 2,400 (or 4 percent) fewer vehicles.

US 2, Stevens Pass
29,900 vehicles traveled over US 2 Stevens Pass between Friday and Monday, a decrease of 6,500 vehicles (or 22 percent) compared with 2008. Other comparisons with 2008 include:

  • 8,100 vehicle traveled Friday, with 800 (or 10 percent) fewer vehicles.
  • 7,000 vehicle traveled Saturday, with 1,700 (or 25 percent) fewer vehicles.
  • 6,900 vehicle traveled Sunday, with 2,000 (or 28 percent) fewer vehicles.
  • 7,900 vehicle traveled Monday, with 2,000 (or 25 percent) fewer vehicles.

You can find many other ways to know before you go 24-hours-a-day, seven-days a week on the WSDOT Web site www.wsdot.wa.gov and WSDOT’s traveler information line, 5-1-1.