Fewer Drivers on State Roads Over the FourthJuly 14th, 2008 by ed friedrich
A lot of people must’ve stayed real close to home dodging the
neighbors’ bottle rockets and listening to window-rumbling M-80s
over the three-day Fourth of July weekend.
We’ve all heard that airlines are cutting flights and raising fares, so it would be expected that the number of long trips would be down. People are supposedly taking shorter trips, enjoying their own state. But with gas prices the way they are, maybe it’s more like they’re enjoying their own county.
More people stayed home over the Fourth than usual, according to the Department of Transportation. Traffic counters recorded 6.2 percent fewer vehicles going over Snoqualmie Pass than in 2003 between Thursday and Sunday. Why they compared it to 2003 instead of, say, 2007, I don’t know. Technical gremlins kept them from getting the Stevens Pass numbers.