wsdot logoLeave early, use tools to make holiday travel smoother

OLYMPIA – Whether crossing the state or just running to the store for a last-minute ingredient, be sure to allow plenty of extra travel time during the busy Thanksgiving weekend.

The Washington State Department of Transportation urges all travelers to “know before you go” and plan head for smoother travel.

The agency also provides several tools to help plan holiday travels:

  • Consult WSDOT’s travel times charts, which use historical information to help drivers know before they go.
  • Check out online tools, including mobile apps, traffic cameras and email alerts.
  • Visit our online traveler information about traffic, weather and ferry schedules.
  • Follow WSDOT’s social media accounts, such as Twitter and Facebook.
  • Pre-program 530 AM and 1610 AM to vehicle radios for highway advisory radio alerts.
  • Carry chains and other winter driving essentials.
  • Check current chain and traction requirements on the WSDOT passes website or by calling 5-1-1, and watch for highway advisory signs.
  • Leave extra time for holiday and winter travel, slow down and drive appropriately for conditions.

 

Apple Cup travel

Those traveling to the Saturday, Nov. 25, Apple Cup football game in Seattle should also plan ahead for possible winter weather on passes and allow extra travel time both to and from the game.

Mountain passes

In the mountains, State Route 123 Cayuse Pass (elevation 4,675 feet), State Route 20 North Cascades Highway (elevation 5,477 feet) and Chinook Pass (elevation 5,430 feet) are closed for the winter. On Snoqualmie Pass (elevation 3,022), you can receive text alerts for pass delays 30 minutes or longer – text “wsdot snoqualmie” to 468311 to subscribe, and “wsdot stop” to unsubscribe.

Tolls

In the Puget Sound, the State Route 520 bridge will have weekend toll rates on Thanksgiving, Nov. 23, returning to weekday rates on Friday, Nov. 24. On the Interstate 405 express toll lanes, travel is free to all on the Thanksgiving holiday, returning to normal toll and HOV requirements from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday. Weekends are always free to travel in the lanes. Out-of-town travelers, including those using rental cars, can learn about toll roads and short term account options on the Good to Go! visitors page.

Other travel alternatives

Travelers planning a trip by ferry, train, personal aircraft or bus also should make plans to avoid holiday delays:

  • Please plan ahead for heavy holiday ferry traffic and consider purchasing tickets online to save time. The longest lines are expected westbound Wednesday afternoon and evening, Nov. 22, and eastbound Friday morning, Nov. 24. Reservations are recommended on the San Juan and Port Townsend/Coupeville routes. Some ferry routes run on Saturday schedules on the holiday, check the Washington State Ferries website or call 888-808-7977 for details.
  • Amtrak Cascades passengers are encouraged to purchase tickets early and should plan to arrive at the station one hour before departure. All Amtrak Cascades trains require reservations and trains fill up quickly during holidays. Visit amtrakcascades.com/ or call 800–USA–RAIL for details. (There are no extra Thanksgiving trains this year).
  • For information about traveling via state-operated airports, visit wsdot.wa.gov/aviation/airports/Amenities.htm or call 800-552-0666.
  • Check with your local public transit agency for any holiday schedule or service changes, including some Dial-A-Ride and fixed-route service that may not run on holidays

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Special Board Meeting
142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building, November 16, 2017, 4:10pm
I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Approval of Minutes
a. October 12, 2017 Regular Meeting minutes
IV. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
V. Old Business
a. 2018 Budget
VI. New Business
a. Blackwatch Security contract
b. Resolution 2017-03 (Authorization for 2018 Tax Levy Increase)
c. December meeting date
d. Levy Election
VII. Adjournment

wsdot logoMore snow and avalanche risk triggers seasonal closure between Newhalem and Winthrop

DIABLO – The final page will soon turn on State Route 20/North Cascades Highway this year. The winter gates will close at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10 due to avalanche risk, and there will be one less route for vehicles crossing the Cascade Mountains.

Washington State Department of Transportation crews have plowed SR 20 between the gates at mileposts 134 near Diablo and 171 west of Mazama since snow began falling in early October. But, new snow has continued to fill avalanche chutes. The forecast for more this weekend makes it too dangerous for our crews to work or the public to drive below full avalanche zones.

“We know this route is popular for access to businesses, relatives and outdoor adventures said WSDOT Twisp Maintenance Supervisor Don Becker. “Our crews work hard to keep it open through the Thanksgiving weekend, but this year it isn’t possible due to the amount of snow in the forecast.”

The highway temporarily closed twice in the last three weeks due to snow accumulation in avalanche chutes.

This year’s closure is a week or so earlier than typical. Last year, the North Cascades Highway closed on November 18. The only time the highway remained open through the winter was in 1976, when a drought produced record-low snowfall.

Winter access along the highway

Snowmobilers, hikers, skiers and other winter adventurers are free to use the roadway behind the gates, but they do so at their own risk.

Starting the 2018 chapter

When conditions permit, crews will reopen the highway in spring 2018. Clearing the 37-mile-long mountain pass highway requires crews working from both sides for roughly four to six weeks.

You can be one of the first to know about that clearing process by signing up for North Cascades Highway emails and following our WSDOT East and WSDOT North Twitter accounts.

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Ticket prices increase on December 1.
 
LAKE CHELAN, WA (November 6, 2017) - Tickets for Lake Chelan Winterfest, presented by Sage Vacation Rentals, are now on sale! Avoid the lines and save time - and money - by taking advantage of the early bird pricing from now until November 30, where you can save $10 off each ticket! Prices will go up on December 1.
 
The Winterfest Button is your all-access pass to enjoying most festivities. With your button, enjoy all kids activities, access to the Ice Bar, presented by North Cascades Bank, horse carriage rides, apple bin train rides and incredible offers at shops, restaurants and wineries all around the lake.
 
The Tasting Tent and Grand Wine Walk, presented by Zipfizz, are the perfect events for wine connoisseurs or those just starting to discover the world of wine. Taste over 30 different award-winning wines in the Tasting Tent or stroll through downtown boutiques as you chat with the winemakers and taste select library wines on the Grand Wine Walk. This is a unique experience you’ll only find during Washington’s’ most exciting winter festival!
 
If you love beer or cider, Alefest, presented by the Manson Chamber of Commerce, is the event for you! Sample from over 20 craft breweries and cideries while in a large, heated tent in downtown Manson. And don’t miss out on the Lake Chelan Brewers and Distillers Night - a new celebration on Friday night for our local brewers and distillers!
 
There is something for everyone at Lake Chelan Winterfest and you won’t want to miss it! Purchase tickets today at LakeChelanWInterfest.com.

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Registration is open for Manson Parks AAU Basketball!

Kids in Kindergarten through 6th grade are encouraged to participate.

Cost of registration is $15 and all athletes must have a current AAU Card ($14; no need to pay again if they played 2017 AAU Soccer).

Students or parents can bring their forms to the Park Office at 142 Pedoi Street in Manson from 10am to 2pm on Tuesday (11/7/17) or from 10am to 6pm on Wednesday (11/8/17).

You can also register online at www.mansonparks.com.

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