State DOT offers insight for informed travelers

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The Washington State Department of Transportation is encouraging road-trippers to adopt a “know before you go” approach to travel.

The agency offers statewide travel information, including traffic camera images and a map of highway incidents and closures at wsdot.wa.gov/traffic.

Those traveling along Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass can learn about the best times to travel over Thanksgiving, typically one of the busiest travel times of the year.

Those who’ve done their homework may already know the state closed State Route 410 Chinook Pass from Morse Creek to Crystal Mountain Boulevard and State Route 123 Cayuse Pass within Mount Rainier National Park from the summit to Stevens Canyon Road for the season earlier this month. As of today, State Route 20 North Cascades Highway is still open.

Officials say travelers should carry chains, give themselves extra time to cross all mountain passes and have a WSDOT Winter Driving Guide on hand. Travelers can download the WSDOT mobile app and receive news and social media tools. They can also preset 530 AM and 1610 AM on their vehicle radios to hear new developments on the road.

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