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

8,683 animals crossed the Snoqualmie Pass East Project area

as recorded by WSDOT and partners in 2020 and 2021.

46% increase in Amtrak Cascades ridership to 251,000 passengers

in 2021 compared to 172,000 in 2020.

Nine wetland and stream mitigation sites across 32.7 acres added

to our monitoring program in 2021 to help offset climate change impacts.