10 Driving Tips If You Are Headed To Pullman This Weekend
It's a big game this weekend as the WSU Cougars take on the University of Oregon Ducks in Pullman, and driving to and from the game can get a little crazy. It's also an ESPN GameDay live broadcast, making traffic even more hectic.
The Washington Department of Transportation has compiled 10 driving tips to help you better navigate the roadways this weekend.
- Watch the clock. Allow yourself extra travel time. With a large number of fans headed to town, roads could easily become congested. Expect a large number of RVs on the road as well.
- Know your routes. There are several ways into Pullman; plan your trip carefully and have alternate routes planned. Those coming from Spokane, for example, can take back roads into Pullman. (See graphic)
- Prepare for some (traffic) interference. Bridge deck replacement work on SR 26 has the road closed in both directions near Othello. The marked detour adds just 15 minutes to the normal trip most westside Cougars take to Pullman – though this could be more during those peak football traveling times. So, you'll want to factor the closure into your plans and travel times.
- Expect a late night/early morning blitz. Due to East Coast broadcast times, the GameDay segment starts shooting at 6 a.m. Saturday in Pullman. That could alter normal travel patterns, with some fans heading over very late Friday night and others heading to Pullman in the wee hours of the morning. Be prepared and, if you can, delay travel during these times.
- Don't fumble your return. Expect heavy traffic heading west Saturday night, Oct. 21, and Sunday, Oct. 22 as fans head home. Allow extra time, consider altering travel plans if possible and make sure to gas up vehicles before heading out.
- The best defense is a good offense – so know before you go. Use online tools such as the @wsdot_east and @snoqualmiepass Twitter accounts, WSDOT's travel alerts page and WSDOT app to stay in the know both before you head out and as you travel. (Never use an electronic device behind the wheel, ask a passenger or pull over to a safe spot).
- Don't rush (at least on the road). Speeding is not only dangerous, it can be an expensive ticket and a costly travel delay. Obey posted speed limits along your route. WSU alum tip: Watch the speed limit drops in Colfax and allow enough travel time to get to your destination with time to spare.
- Consider an option play for parking. Those heading to the game can park at a Pullman park and ride lot for free and walk to the game or take a shuttle with special Friday and Saturday routes and service.
- Extra passing protection. Four new passing lanes were added to US 195 between Spokane and Pullman this summer adding to two installed the year before. Please make use of these if you need to pass other vehicles on the way to the game.
- Don't get flagged for dangerous driving. Nothing – not even Gameday in Pullman – is worth risking lives by passing recklessly because you're running late. Please also ensure you have a sober – and alert– driver. Drowsy driving can be as dangerous as impaired driving.
It's going to be a great weekend and game, just be careful on the roadway this weekend and be safe.