Andrea Petrich, communications, 360-757-5963
MOUNT VERNON – Get ready Skagit County travelers: It's nearly tulip time. While the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival adds plenty of beauty to the area, it also adds traffic along Interstate 5.
Delays may be longer than usual this year because northbound I-5 is reduced to two lanes in south Skagit County for a bridge-construction project. The bridge work—located about a mile north of Starbird Road—is expected to be complete in late April, but the two-lane configuration could contribute to longer backups. The Washington State Department of Transportation has also reduced the speed limit to 60 mph through the work zone.
"Tulip season is a beautiful time to visit Skagit County," said WSDOT Assistant Regional Administrator Jay Drye. "We just want to make sure visitors plan ahead before hitting the road and consider alternate routes to help ease congestion."
Alternate routes for drivers
Festival attendees aren't limited to I-5 to reach the tulip fields: