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Holiday traffic data helps Seattle drivers avoid worst congestion

trafficSEATTLE — As we enter the unofficial kickoff to the holiday travel and shopping season, Kirkland-based INRIX is providing drivers with a gift. Traffic analysts at INRIX looked at three years of holiday travel data to help people avoid the worst traffic.

On Wednesday, November 27, drivers are predicted to spend 20 to 45 percent more time on the road compared to a typical Wednesday, according to the data. Traffic out of Seattle ramps up at noon and drops off around 6:30 p.m. Drivers headed to SeaTac Airport between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. can expect nearly triple travel times. To avoid the mess, travelers are advised to take advantage of Sound Transit’s train to the airport.

For Black Friday, plan for extra time if you’ll be shopping at Bellevue Square, one of Washington State’s busiest malls. Traffic is expected to increase starting at 7 a.m. Plan an extra 15 to 30 minutes to get to downtown Bellevue, INRIX advises. Taking side streets may help you find a parking garage sooner.

“This year, we expect a 15 percent increase in traffic near the mall,” said Jamie Holter, INRIX Traffic Analyst, in a news release. “The Puget Sound economy is doing very well and we expect shoppers to be out in full force spending some of that new money.”

Learn more about the traffic data from INRIX here.

1 Comment

  • Chris

    Is there any place year round in WA where the traffic is a congestive mess? You can't avoid it. The back streets, the highways, the freeways year round are a mess. I guess we need another 10 cent gas tax to finally get it fixed. NOT

    This is almost as ridiculous as the closing statement that the economy here is doing "very" well. Liar. Oh yes, all that "new" money. We will making our gifts this year thanks to being laid off and having to find extra money for health care.

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