Where traffic doesn’t take a day off: These Bay Area freeways see terrible congestion on weekends too

When his work schedule changed a couple of years ago to include shifts on Saturdays and Sundays, tattoo artist Owen Partridge figured the silver lining would be a traffic-free commute.

“I thought, ‘Oh this will be easier,’” said Partridge, whose trip to work takes him down the often traffic-choked Eastshore Freeway from his home in Vallejo to shops in Berkeley and San Francisco.

But Partridge has come to learn the same lesson as countless Bay Area drivers who spend Monday through Friday slogging through some of the worst congestion in the country, and look to their weekends for relief from the grind: Traffic here doesn’t take a day off.

“Saturday is really like any other commute day,” Partridge said.