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Old 03-16-2014, 06:10 PM   #1
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Ok folks need some help with traffic enroute to the Outdoors RV campout. Before the campout we will be spending some time on the Oregon Coast. We will be leaving Van. BC on Sunday 1june hope to be at the CAN/US border crossing at 830 am . First overnight stop is Olympia Wash.

Which would be the best way through or around Seattle,Hwy. 5 or 405?


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If you hit the border at 0830 you will be fine by the time you get to Seattle on I-5. That puts you down there about 1030 and by that time rush hour traffic is over.

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Sunday is a good day to head thru Seattle. We take the I 5 on the way to Brook Hollow RV park in Kelso Washington, where we overnight before heading into Oregon for our annual trip. I remember there being traffic travelling thru Olympia. It was the last of rush hour, but that was a Friday afternoon for us. We have also travelled the 101 thru Oregon in our 37' 5er. If you take it slow and enjoy the trip the 101 is fine. The I-5 will get you thru Oregon faster and quicker. When we have been on the 101 there has always been some minor road work going on here and there, but we were camping so time wasn't an issue. The I 5 is a great, well maintained highway. Camping on the Oregon coast is....well .... a gamble....last year we were there for 10 days and it rained. We were glad to head inland. The previous 3 years were glorious.......just depends on the coastal weather gods. Have a great time.
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I-5 through Seattle is subject to a lot of repairs and lane closers right now.
I haven't been down I-5 for the above reason, last trip the road was full of holes and uneven areas, I go I405 almost every time---I live north of Seattle and have a son in Vancouver, WA.
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x2 on Larry's post. The expansion joints on I-5 in and around downtown are in bad shape and are being replaced, resulting in multiple lane closures. Depending on the day, it can be either NB or SB.

If we're headed south of the city from home, or the opposite way, we almost always use 405. Between 06:30 and about 09:00 southbound either one can be clogged. Same northbound between about 15:30 and 19:00.

Unfortunately, I-5 can also be a mess between Marysville and Lynnwood a half hour earlier SB in the mornings and 45 minutes later NB in the afternoons, and there's no effective way around it.
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I agree with the 405 option. It may have construction also, but if there I'd a home game that day, you could run into a lot of traffic.

From 405, grab 167 to 512 and hit 5 again in south Tacoma. That route is only 2 miles longer than 5 but usually quicker. You miss a lot of potentially congested areas.
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Nothing to add on your southbound trip but don't take 405 north, on a weekday, at rush hour, towing your sailboat to Anacortes, no matter what your GPS says about it being faster. I swear the traffic stopped every time we started up a hill!

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