The Friday heading into Memorial Day weekend is a typically heavy-traffic day, meaning congestion and slowdowns. The big news around Western Washington this week is an I-5 bridge collapsed (video).
There is a nifty little feature in Streets & Trips called ‘avoid area’ that was designed for these types of blockages. Here is how it works:
How to create an Avoid Area
- Create a route as you normally would
- Pan and zoom the map into the area you would like to avoid (bridge out, low overpass, busy downtown center etc).
- Right-click and drag a rectangle over the desired area
- Right-click in the rectangle and choose ‘avoid area’ from the menu which appears
Streets & Trips will not route you through the resulting pale yellow box. (Note: the avoid area rectangle must encompass a Hwy exit or a cross-street intersection for this to work).
Safe travels and enjoy your long weekend!