Thanksgiving weekend travel charts - I-5 Lacey to Tacoma

Thanksgiving weekend travel charts showing when I-5 Lacey to Tacoma is expected to be the most congested to help plan your travel.

Reading the charts

The colors

WSDOT traffic analysts looked at how many cars were on the road past Thanksgiving weekends. Based on this historical data, the graphs shows how many cars (vertical axis) we project to be on the road each hour (horizontal axis) for Thanksgiving weekend 2021. As the graphs turn from green to yellow, drivers can expect some congestion. During the red hours, traffic analysts predict travel will reach roadway capacity. Once a roadway reaches capacity, any small incident can cause significant backups.

The black line

The black line running from left to right shows typical traffic. This gives drivers more information on how the Thanksgiving 2021 holiday weekend travel may relate to a typical weekend.

Northbound

November 24

I-5 Northbound Wednesday, November 24 - Typical Traffic Volume Bellingham to Canadian Border

November 25

I-5 Northbound Thursday, November 25 - Typical Traffic Volume Bellingham to Canadian Border

November 26

I-5 Northbound Friday, November 26 - Typical Traffic Volume Bellingham to Canadian Border

November 27

I-5 Northbound Saturday, November 27 - Typical Traffic Volume Bellingham to Canadian Border

November 28

 I-5 Northbound Sunday, November 28 - Typical Traffic Volume Bellingham to Canadian Border

 

Southbound

November 24

 I-5 Southbound Wednesday, November 24 - Typical Traffic Volume Tacoma to Lacey

November 25

I-5 Southbound Thursday, November 25 - Typical Traffic Volume Tacoma to Lacey

November 26

 I-5 Southbound Friday, November 26 - Typical Traffic Volume Tacoma to Lacey

November 27

 I-5 Southbound Saturday, November 27 - Typical Traffic Volume Tacoma to Lacey

November 28

 I-5 Southbound Sunday, November 28 - Typical Traffic Volume Tacoma to Lacey

14 fish passage projects were completed in 2020

improving access to 54.2 miles of upstream habitat.

11,959 incidents responded to

by WSDOT’s incident Response teams during second quarter of 2021, 15% more than same quarter in 2020.

41 Pre-existing Funds Projects Advertised

during the eighth quarter of the 2019-2021 biennium.