Traffic, crowds expected for popular Oregon tourist destinations this Labor Day weekend

Thousands are expected to hit the road for the end-of-summer holiday, and officials are urging travelers to drive carefully.

PORTLAND, Oregon — Many Oregonians will be hitting the road this Labor Day weekend, and officials are advising travelers to drive carefully and be prepared.

“We expect a very busy weekend this Labor Day. Traffic is going to be back out on the roads again,” said Don Hamilton, spokesperson for the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). “Highway 18, Highway 6, certainly 26 up to Cannon Beach are all going to be very busy starting on Friday — actually starting on Thursday.”

The Oregon Coast will probably

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