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WSDOT Has Some Holiday Travel Tips Before You Hit The Road

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YAKIMA, WA.- Thanksgiving is right around the corner and many of you are probably packing up and heading out to visit family and friends, but before you do we has some travel tips that may help you have a safer holiday season.


Traffic congestion on the mountain passes and highways are a given around this time of year, but according to the Washington Department of Transportation most of the people traveling today are heading towards Yakima not away from it.

"We see a flip flop in the traffic and see an increase of traffic heading westbound on the weekends," Washington Dept. of Transportation employee, Brian White, said.


They say drivers heading westbound over the passes will deal with a traffic nightmare congestion and stand stills for the hours between 1 and 4, but traveling in the evening will be less congested.

They say Sunday will be congested both ways between the hours of 1 and 4, but if you can traveling back on Monday is a better bet, you won't see much traffic through the passes.


The Department of Transportation also suggests anyone traveling should be prepared, make sure to pack chains for your tires, blankets, and extra food and water.