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Streets & Trips Team Blog
05-24-2013, 10:37 AM
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 (http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2021045926_bridgecollapsexml.html) (video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZAR7hbcBsA)).
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

http://msstreets.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/avoidarea.jpg?w=640 (http://msstreets.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/avoidarea.jpg)
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!

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