Captain Rob Huss
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax
http://www.wsp.wa.gov

*** For Immediate Release***

Date: March 28, 2013
Contact: Trooper Mark Francis
Phone: 425-508-0793
E-mail: mark.francis@wsp.wa.gov
Twitter: @wspd7pio


Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Traffic Information

Skagit County -- As the Skagit County Tulip Festival kicks off April 1st, 2013, the Washington State Patrol would like to prepare drivers for a safe commute to and from the Tulip Fields. WSP, along with local law enforcement agencies want to ensure drivers know the ins and outs of getting around the heavily congested tulip fields in the vicinity of Mount Vernon and La Conner. Our goal is to prevent collisions from occurring due to increased visual distractions outside the vehicle. The festival runs through April 30th.

Drivers should watch for heavier than normal traffic, both northbound and southbound Interstate 5 from Exit 221 in Conway, through Exit 230 (SR-20) in Burlington. Drivers should pay particular attention when approaching on and off-ramps and intersections. Drivers should also pay particular attention if driving on SR-20 between the City of Burlington and Anacortes due to higher than normal traffic volumes. Traffic is also expected to be congested along SR-536 (Memorial Highway) between Mount Vernon and SR-20. We want drivers to watch for a high volume of bicycle and pedestrian traffic along SR-536 between Beaver Marsh Road and Bradshaw road, which are popular festival areas. Heaviest traffic typically occurs on nice weekends from late morning until late afternoon.

We’re asking drivers and motorcyclists to slow down, take their time and watch out for each other. Drivers and riders should make a plan before setting out and expect heavier than normal traffic volumes in these areas. This will hopefully ease frustrations, remembering they will not be the only ones wanting to see the flowers in bloom.

“The last thing we want to have is a serious injury or fatality collision caused by visual distractions outside their vehicles,” said WSP District 7 Captain Jeff Sass. “We want drivers to have a save trip to and from the festival,” He said.

Information about the Tulip Festival can be found at www.tulipfestival.org.

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