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Avoid the worst holiday weekend traffic through Olympia

Memorial Day is the start of the summer travel season, and the already crowded Interstate 5 corridor will feel the pressure.

The coastal area of Western Washington also experiences heavier traffic in spring and summer. The state Department of Transportation recommends avoiding travel on I-5 in the Puget Sound and the Portland/Vancouver metro area Friday evening and Monday afternoon.

In the Tacoma-Olympia corridor, here’s what to expect:

•  Saturday: Southbound, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Northbound, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

•  Sunday: Southbound, heavy traffic 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., but no stop-and-go expected. Northbound, potential stop-and-go noon to 5 p.m.

•  Monday: Southbound, heavy traffic 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. but no stop-and-go. Northbound, stop-and-go 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Check or call 511 for real-time traffic information.