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Old 09-25-2016, 09:17 AM   #11
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I'm with NW Cat Owner. I was in Seattle 6 years ago for an Alaska cruise and spent time before and after in the area by the Space Needle. My wife and I rented a car which we picked up in downtown Seattle and drove to Vancouver B.C. for a long weekend and then back to Seatac airport to drop off and return flight to Chicago. Traffic was heavy but to me was moving as well as or better then anything in Chicago. Rush hour in Chicago starts at 0730 and ends around 1330. Starts up again at 1400 and ends around 2000. On weekends traffic is heavy almost all day traveling through the loop exit area on I90/94, for the natives the the Kennedy and Dan Ryan expressways.

No one uses numbers for expressways in Chicago, only names Kennedy (I90/94 north of I290), Dan Ryan expressway south. I290 is the IKE or Eisenhower. It keeps on going, you'll almost never hear a number on a Chicago traffic report.

Which brings me to the point I wanted to make. I have enjoyed all the pointers that people with experience and knowledge have to offer, but I plan on turning on my GPS with traffic reporting capabilities and going where it tells me.
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Old 09-25-2016, 09:55 AM   #12
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Having arrived here in Bellingham, WA and seeing the traffic on I5 and I405 and I90 coming into Seattle, we decided that US#2 exit #194 off I5 and head east to by pass the mess south since we will be towing on the way back. Is Stevens any worse than Snoqualmie which was not an issue with the Ram.
Snoqualmie is probably one the easiest, but my Frontier pulled our 19 over Steven's with little effort (Okay, maybe not "little" but no big deal). Plus, if you stay on Rt. 2, you can go through Leavenworth and stay at Icicle River again.
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Old 09-25-2016, 10:00 AM   #13
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If you're coming up I-5, I'd highly recommend taking the 405 while in the Seattle Metro area - and do so no earlier than 9:30 am on a weekday, or better yet, an early Sunday morning.
IMHO 405 is worse than 5. But at least you get to look at all the folks driving Ferraris and Lambroginis heading to work in Bellvue.
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Old 09-25-2016, 10:17 AM   #14
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Seattle traffic

We moved from Seattle area to Miami area for work and traffic back in 92 in Sea was not that bad .But visiting there this last Summer was an eye opener . ( BTW I should have kept my house with shared waterfront on Lake Washington 1M.200 now)We are getting our trailer delivered to Chicago area so mostly farm country we will avoid Chicago traffic at all costs .The reason for Chicago delivery area we have friends so we can wait for trailer delivery with our Dog and it shouldn't be a problem .It also will be nice to catch the Fall colors driving back to Florida I 've lived in many big cities around the Country and they all have crazy traffic now . Living in SW Florida is no exception in the last 20 years we've grown to a standstill many early mornings . If we could have picked up trailer in 4/16-9/16 months we probably would have driven out there but our delivery kept on getting moved up from Jan .Now it's end of Oct maybe sooner so I didn't want
to drive a new trailer through snow or bad weather in the mountains.which in Oct - Mar is a real possibilitiy.
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Old 09-25-2016, 11:11 AM   #15
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Snoqualmie was full of construction and 405 was a parking lot at 2 pm on a Saturday, so we will take US#2 at exit 194 of I5/405
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Old 09-25-2016, 12:04 PM   #16
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Snoqualmie was full of construction and 405 was a parking lot at 2 pm on a Saturday, so we will take US#2 at exit 194 of I5/405
Yeah, they're expanding the highway at the pass (and have been for quite a long time), as well as building a wildlife overpass (which is pretty darn cool, if you ask me; there's already some underpasses for wildlife in place).

‘Elk like open; they don’t like stuff above their head’: I-90 wildlife overpass is under way | The Seattle Times

Special I-90 overpass to give animals safe passage | The Seattle Times

I avoid 405 like the plague, unless I can't help it. And then I try to have someone with me so I can take advantage of the carpool lane. However, north of Bellevue (where traffic really jams up - usually as bad as through downtown Seattle) the car pool lane(s) switch to needing to pay, unless you have a Good to Go pass specific to their tolling system and you have 2 or more in the vehicle. You can pay by mail if you don't have a pass (even if you have 2 or more people). And, I just found out, you also need to register your trailer on your pass.
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Old 09-25-2016, 12:05 PM   #17
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FWIW, returning from Chiilwack two weeks ago, we found the Aldergrove border crossing north of Lynden on hiway 13 to be much faster than Sumas. Only problem was the sign that said RVs one way and pickup trucks the other. Couldn't decide if I was an RV or a pickup (driving a Silverado) so I took the RV/truck lane and waited 10 minutes behind a couple of Semi's. If I had taken the pickup lane, I would have been first in line. I asked the nice man at the window which I was. He looked at the Escape and smiled...I was a pickup.
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