Weekend closures, lane restrictions impact SR 99, I-5 and I-90

It’s about more than just turkey: Drivers prepare for busy holiday travel week

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SNOQUALMIE PASS — Washington Department of Transportation road crews were very busy over the weekend.

Even though there wasn’t a lot of snow, there is still a lot of work to do.

“We actually have significant crew coming on tonight. We have a lot of blowing, grader work left over that needs to be taken care of tonight so we’re going to get banks blown back and be ready for the next storm,” WA DOT spokesman Scott Montgomery said.

“It was kind of crazy. Just like the roads were fine, a little wet and then all of a sudden there was slush and snow,” driver Josh Coulter said.

We caught up with Coulter on his way to Idaho.

Driving in adverse conditions is nothing new to him but he still worries a bit about other drivers.

“People are going a lot faster than I think they should be. I’ve grown up driving in the snow. My driver’s education was in the snow but I don’t think people take the roads as seriously as they should in these conditions,” Coulter said.

This coming week is expected to be one of the busiest of the year; Thanksgiving and then Apple Cup in Pullman next weekend.

Wednesday is expected to be the busiest especially between one and five in the afternoon.

“We really want people to monitor our website, our twitter accounts that the DOT puts out so they know what’s coming up and they can be prepared,” Montgomery said.

Montgomery says no matter what road conditions you find at the pass, drivers need to be extra careful on crowded highway and always be prepared for anything.

“Probably the most important thing that they can do is to look at forecasts and have emergency kits ready, have fuel and good tires,” Montgomery said.

Along with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday are expected to busy as well. The DOT says to expect congestion and possibly stop and go traffic.

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