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Fancy a weekend jaunt? Seattle, Portland booms put I-5 drivers in a jam

In this Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, photo, early morning traffic crosses the Interstate 5 bridge, which spans the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington states in Vancouver, Wash. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

A three-hour weekend road trip from Seattle to Portland is a thing of the past, says a West Seattle resident who’s been driving there and back for years. As our two metropolises boom and I-5 traffic grows, “We’re all just sitting there.”

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