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Old 08-15-2015, 02:28 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by GraciesDaddy View Post
Allow me to throw a Molotov here: Atlanta

::starting freewheeling arguments since 1956!::
I agree, Atlanta is pretty high up there. Of course so is NYC, Boston, Chicago, Wash. DC, LA, most all large cities. Folks claiming Seattle is the worst haven't really done driving in the above named cities. I've driven in all of them, sometimes in my car, RV, a bus, or a truck. All cities have traffic congestion and construction, either get used to it, allow extra time, or stay in Mayberry.


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Old 08-15-2015, 03:17 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by GraciesDaddy View Post
Allow me to throw a Molotov here: Atlanta
When I motorhome through Atlanta I ignore the bypass & go straight through ...bypass is as bad as anywhere else. Houston is one of the worst I have been through...

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The topic is Seattle. Please start another thread if you wish to discuss Atlanta.

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Old 08-15-2015, 07:10 PM   #18
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There is no good time to go through Seattle. If you are absolutely determined and can't go around. I'll even consider Pt. Townsend ferry. don't know where you are headed but think of 5 to 512 to 167 to 405 to 5. As long as you are past Everett by 6 a.m.
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Old 08-15-2015, 07:18 PM   #19
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I use the 405, every time I go through Seattle , try for 1:30 > 2:30 PM or after 7 PM. Only run into trouble there once. Use the 205 to go around Portland too.
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We have left Tulalip at 7 in the morning on a Saturday and got through Seattle and Portland without it being too bad. Sunday would be good also.

While the traffic can still be heavy it is not as completely nuts as rush hr. peak times.
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In spite of all the bad press on Seattle traffic, after living in this area on and off for forty plus years ( coming here with the navy) I still think with some care,
as in passing through during what most think of as non rush hour's, say 9:30 in the morning to 2:00 in the afternoon on any given work day, the traffic isn't all that bad. It may require some patience here and there but overall you will get through. Keep in mind your not a daily commuter passing by every day in that 40 foot motorhome. Were that the case then the situation might be different.
But an occasional transit shouldn't require more then the normal amount of caution. And,....while I know we are talking Seattle traffic, gotta through in here
after thirty years in the navy, and a follow up tour with Civil service, I've seen some traffic! From driving shore patrol vehicles in Naples, Italy, to the chaos of Manila the Phillipines traffic, and finaly 24 years in Japan, dealing with traffic in the largest city in the world, Tokyo. I've experienced traffic you wouldn't believe! Seattle? Its a piece of cake. Just take your time and roll with it. Patience is the key.
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Yup, patience is key when everyone else believes that being oblivious is the key.

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In most cities 3 O'Clock is the slow time, AM or PM with AM being slowest.

2-5 AM or 2-4 PM.. This is why I worked 3-11 pm.. they wanted me ON DUTY before rush hour started.

Also evening Rush hour is far worse than morning rush hour.
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In most cities 3 O'Clock is the slow time, AM or PM with AM being slowest.

2-5 AM or 2-4 PM.. This is why I worked 3-11 pm.. they wanted me ON DUTY before rush hour started.

Also evening Rush hour is far worse than morning rush hour.

Well, pertaining to the Seattle area, yes, the 2-5:00 am will obviously be the least congested but definitely not the 2-5:00 pm period.

The Seattle area, like a lot of big cities that have large employment centers in the suburbs in addition to their downtown/central core areas, there is really no longer a "commute and reverse-commute" direction pertaining to traffic flow. In other words, it's bad in both directions.

The area's three largest employers all have their largest employment centers away from the downtown area ...Boeing (spread across several locations ...i.e. Everett, Renton, etc.), Microsoft (primarily on the eastside of Lake Washington), and University of Washington (northeast of the downtown area). Therefore, there is a huge amount of traffic going in both directions during the AM and PM commute times. Because the Eastside is also popular for residential purposes, there's a huge amount of traffic going in both directions across the Lake Washington floating bridges as well as I-405 running on the Eastside that is the alternative routing for north/south traffic rather than going through Seattle.

When I grew up in Seattle in the 1950s, yes, the PM rush-hour didn't start until late in the afternoon and rush-hour was the traditional traffic-going-into-downtown in the morning and out of downtown in the afternoon. I remember my father saying that "Seattle will never be like L.A." where the PM commute starts at about 2:00 in the afternoon and the freeways could be jammed in either direction (even back in the 50's it was like that in the L.A. area). Hah, if he only knew.

Therefore, I'm going to say that the best bet going through Seattle from the south to the north will be about 11:15 am to about 2:00 pm (if not choosing to go in the middle of the night). My recommendation would be to use the I-5 Express Lanes as they switch directions to northbound at around 11:15 am ...the I-5 Express Lanes are not HOV but general use with limited access. I would think that staying on I-5 and using the express lanes would be slightly better than using I-405 at that time of day. I've been stuck in backups on I-405 approaching the I-5 interchange near Lynnwood even during the noon hour.

To use the I-5 Express Lanes, work your way over to the left side of the freeway coming into Seattle once passing the I-90 interchange and then passing Edgar Martinez Drive ...see this Google image. You'll have over a mile to merge over to the left once passing the E. Martinez Dr exit. Using the express lanes, you should miss the lunch time traffic in the SR-520 interchange area and UofW exits on the regular lanes of I-5. You'll rejoin the regular lanes just north of the Northgate shopping center.
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theroc knows from whence he speaks! Great advice for getting through the narrow bottleneck that is downtown Seattle.
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We left Gig Harbor, across the bay from Seattle, headed for I-90 going to Prosser, WA. on July 23rd.

Received advice on this same thread title that the sweet spot to leave was between 10am and noon to miss the heavy traffic always in the Sea/Tac area.

We left at 9am and it was an easy drive hooking with 90.
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We just passed through (around) Seattle last Wednesday about 1800, traveling north on I-5 and decided to take I-405 around. 405 is a much smoother route, and did not take any extra time.....I can attest to the time as we were traveling in the right lane near Military Way, and were forced over the fog line by an auto carrier big rig weaving in the next lane. When we got to Everett that rig was one vehicle ahead of us, and still occasionally over-riding the lane to his right.

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