Memorial Day Travel Tips For Baltimore Drivers

posted by AP - @AlexNPittman -

Goin' downey ocean, hon?


Get ready to sit in traffic!

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When to travel:

Travel off-peak when heading to and from the Eastern Shore.  The best times to travel the Bay Bridge this weekend include:

  • Thursday/Friday – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.

  • Saturday – before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m.

  • Sunday/Monday – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.

Why then?

MDTA officials anticipate the following number of vehicles to travel its toll facilities between Friday, May 25, and Monday, May 28:

  •    Bay Bridge (US 50/301) – more than 348,000.
  •    John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) – more than 464,000.
  •    Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95) – more than 488,000.

An additional 587,000 vehicles are projected to travel the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695), the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895), the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) and the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301) combined.  All totals represent traffic in both directions.

Construction Reminders:

  • I-95 improvement project north of the Fort McHenry Tunnel traffic pattern currently features no right shoulder and only a small left shoulder southbound and no right shoulder and only a small left shoulder northbound. All lanes are open in both directions.
  • I-895 Patapsco River Flats bridge deck and superstructure replacement continues. Current traffic pattern features two-way traffic (one adjacent lane in each direction) 24/7 on I-895 across the Patapsco Flats bridge near Baltimore/Washington Parkway.  Motorists should consider I-95 as an alternate route.
  • I-695 Curtis Creek Drawbridge Preservation Project has a traffic pattern featuring two-way traffic (one adjacent lane in each direction) 24/7 south of the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

Most importantly - the weather:

Sadly, this holiday's forecast includes possible thunderstorms or showers. The sun will be there for a portion of the day, but rain will start to happen around 5PM.

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