As summer comes to an unofficial close, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) reminds the more than 2.1 million motorists anticipated to travel its facilities over the Labor Day holiday weekend to plan ahead, travel off-peak and put safety first. This total represents a 1.5% increase in traffic volumes compared to last year.
MDTA officials anticipate the following number of vehicles to travel its toll facilities between Friday, Aug. 31, and Monday, Sept. 3:
- William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial (Bay) Bridge (US 50/301) – more than 327,000.
- John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) – more than 543,000.
Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95, I-395) – more than 465,000.
- An additional 562,000 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.
The MDTA offers the following travel tips for this holiday weekend:
- Travel off-peak when heading to and from the Eastern Shore. The best times to travel the Bay Bridge this weekend include:
- Thursday – before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m.
- Friday – before 7 a.m. and after 9 p.m.
- Saturday – before 8 a.m. and after 6 p.m.
- Sunday – before 8 a.m. and after midnight
- Labor Day Monday – before 10 a.m. and after midnight
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