Spring is here and while that means the fields in Skagit County are blooming in vibrant colors sure to turn your head, the Washington State Patrol (WSP) is urging drivers to keep their eyes on the road to avoid collisions and unnecessary accidents.
The Skagit County Tulip Festival kicked off on April 1, drawing thousands of lookers to the multi-hued fields. The WSP expects a large number of travelers for the entire month and wants drivers to have a safe trip to and from the tulip fields, located in the vicinity of Mount Vernon and La Conner.
Visitors should expect heavy congestion and be aware of the ins and outs of viewing the tulip field. There will be heavier than normal traffic on northbound and southbound Interstate 5 from exit 221 in Conway, through exit 230 (SR-20) in Burlington as well as on SR-20 between Burlington and Anacortes. Drivers should pay particular attention at on- and off-ramps and intersections.
WSP also expects heavy congestion on SR-536 (Memorial Highway) between Mount Vernon and SR-20 including a high volume of bicycle and pedestrian traffic along SR-536 between Beaver Marsh Road and Bradshaw Road, which are popular festival areas. The heaviest traffic typically occurs on nice weekends from late morning until late afternoon.
WSP has asked that drivers and motorcyclists slow down, take their time and watch out for each other. Remembering they will not be the only ones wanting to see the flowers in bloom will hopefully ease frustrations.
“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 safe trip to and from the festival,” he said.