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Delaware DOT Says Plan Ahead for Travel on Thanksgiving

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) advises motorists to expect increased traffic for the upcoming Thanksgiving travel period.

Lane and/or road closures on Delaware’s major roadways will be suspended at 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 22 through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 26. Lane closures may be required in the event of transportation incidents.

Travelers looking for a break can visit the I-95 Delaware Welcome Center in Newark or the Smyrna Rest Area Exit 119 on SR 1.


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Baltimore’s I-95 Tunnel May Be a Thanksgiving Travel Headache

The Maryland Department of Transportation reports that more than 1.7 million motorists are expected to travel through the Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95) and John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) between Tuesday, November 21, and Sunday, November 26.

It is recommended that, if possible schedule your travel during off-peak hours to avoid significant delays. For the I-95 corridor, off-peak hours include:

  • Tuesday and Wednesday — before 6:00 a.m. and after 11:00 p.m.
  • Thursday through Sunday — before 9:00 a.m. and after 9:00 p.m.

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Nearly 51 Million Americans Traveling This Thanksgiving, Highest in a Dozen Years

AAA projects 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 3.3 percent increase over last year. The 2017 holiday weekend will see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005 with 1.6 million more people taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways compared with last year. AAA and INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, predict travel times in the most congested cities in the U.S. during the holiday week could be as much as three times longer than the optimal trip.

“Thanksgiving kicks off the start of a busy holiday season, and more thankful Americans will travel to spend time with friends and family this year,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president, Travel and Publishing. “A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes and higher consumer confidence, fueling a strong year for the travel industry, which will continue into the holiday season.”

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Thanksgiving Holiday Weather Outlook for I-95 Travelers

More travelers than ever will be hitting I-95 over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend this year. The weather is always a condition to consider and this time of year can be so unpredictable. Below is a snapshot of weather conditions for major cities along the I-95 corridor during this Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Boston, Massachusetts

Chance of a Thunderstorm
Sunday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
80%
Clear
Monday
Clear
0%
Overcast
Tuesday
Overcast
20%
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday
Partly Cloudy
10%
Partly Cloudy
Thursday
Partly Cloudy
10%
Clear
Friday
Clear
0%
Partly Cloudy
Saturday
Partly Cloudy
0%
Chance of Rain
Sunday
Chance of Rain
30%

New York, New York

Chance of Rain
Sunday
Chance of Rain
60%
Partly Cloudy
Monday
Partly Cloudy
0%
Chance of Rain
Tuesday
Chance of Rain
30%
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday
Partly Cloudy
20%
Clear
Thursday
Clear
0%
Clear
Friday
Clear
0%
Chance of Rain
Saturday
Chance of Rain
30%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Sunday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
30%

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Chance of a Thunderstorm
Sunday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
40%
Partly Cloudy
Monday
Partly Cloudy
0%
Chance of Rain
Tuesday
Chance of Rain
60%
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday
Partly Cloudy
20%
Clear
Thursday
Clear
0%
Clear
Friday
Clear
0%
Clear
Saturday
Clear
20%
Chance of Rain
Sunday
Chance of Rain
40%

Washington, DC

Partly Cloudy
Sunday
Partly Cloudy
20%
Mostly Cloudy
Monday
Mostly Cloudy
20%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Tuesday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
80%
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday
Partly Cloudy
20%
Clear
Thursday
Clear
0%
Clear
Friday
Clear
10%
Clear
Saturday
Clear
20%
Partly Cloudy
Sunday
Partly Cloudy
20%

Richmond, Virginia

Mostly Cloudy
Sunday
Mostly Cloudy
20%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Monday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
50%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Tuesday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
40%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Wednesday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
50%
Clear
Thursday
Clear
10%
Chance of Rain
Friday
Chance of Rain
30%
Clear
Saturday
Clear
10%
Partly Cloudy
Sunday
Partly Cloudy
20%

Fayetteville, NC

Chance of a Thunderstorm
Sunday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
80%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Monday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
50%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Tuesday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
30%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Wednesday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
40%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Thursday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
50%
Partly Cloudy
Friday
Partly Cloudy
20%
Clear
Saturday
Clear
20%
Thunderstorm
Sunday
Thunderstorm
80%

Savannah, Georgia

Mostly Cloudy
Sunday
Mostly Cloudy
20%
Overcast
Monday
Overcast
20%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Tuesday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
50%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Wednesday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
40%
Partly Cloudy
Thursday
Partly Cloudy
20%
Partly Cloudy
Friday
Partly Cloudy
20%
Partly Cloudy
Saturday
Partly Cloudy
20%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Sunday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
60%

Jacksonville, Florida

Chance of Rain
Sunday
Chance of Rain
90%
Thunderstorm
Monday
Thunderstorm
80%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Tuesday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
40%
Mostly Cloudy
Wednesday
Mostly Cloudy
20%
Mostly Cloudy
Thursday
Mostly Cloudy
20%
Partly Cloudy
Friday
Partly Cloudy
20%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Saturday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
50%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Sunday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
50%

Miami, Florida

Thunderstorm
Sunday
Thunderstorm
90%
Thunderstorm
Monday
Thunderstorm
100%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Tuesday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
30%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Wednesday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
40%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Thursday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
50%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Friday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
60%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Saturday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
40%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Sunday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
40%

Virginia DOT Will Suspend Most Construction to Ease Thanksgiving Traffic

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is lifting lane closures where possible during the Thanksgiving travel period to make your holiday as stress-free as possible.

VDOT will suspend most highway work zones and lift lane closures on interstates and other major roads in Virginia for Thanksgiving travel from noon Wednesday, Nov. 22 until noon Monday, Nov. 27.

Based on the traffic data, periods of heavy congestion was most likely to occur from mid-morning to evening on Wednesday and Sunday. In addition, routes to/from NOVA are likely to be congested mid-morning to evening on Tuesday as well as on Saturday.
US-1, US-29 and other popular arterials with access to shopping are likely to be congested throughout the holiday weekend.

Drivers are reminded that they need an E-ZPass Flex (for HOV-3 to ride toll-free) or an E-ZPass to use the lanes.


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Busy Thanksgiving Week Anticipated at Maryland’s I-95 Toll Facilities

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) reminds motorists to travel during off-peak hours, stay alert and plan ahead to avoid travel delays. Based on traffic counts from previous years, Wednesday, Nov. 22, is expected to be the heaviest travel day, with many travelers also expected to hit the roads Tuesday, Nov. 21.

The MDTA anticipates a 1.5% increase in traffic volumes compared to last year’s Thanksgiving holiday period. Between Tuesday, Nov. 21, and Sunday, Nov. 26, the MDTA expects more than 2.2 million travelers on its highways, bridges and tunnels:

  • Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95) – more than 915,000 vehicles.
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) – nearly 800,000 vehicles.
  • William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial (Bay) Bridge (US 50/301) – more than 530,000 vehicles.
  • 1.15 million 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 figures represent traffic volumes in both directions.

The MDTA offers the following tips to help motorists reach their destinations safely:

Travel during off-peak hours to avoid significant delays. For the I-95 corridor, off-peak hours include:

  • Tuesday and Wednesday — before 6 a.m. and after 11 p.m.
  • Thursday through Sunday — before 9 a.m. and after 9 p.m.

IT CAN WAIT. Designated safe zones for texts and calls include the Maryland and Chesapeake House travel plazas on I-95 and other rest areas across the State.

Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest: The MDTA Police will remain vigilant and target impaired, aggressive and distracted drivers, seatbelt violators and criminal activity.

The MDTA Police and Vehicle Recovery Units will have additional patrols on duty to respond quickly to incidents and disabled vehicles during the holiday weekend. In addition, the MDTA will lift construction-related temporary lane closures at its facilities from 5 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, to 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27.

Construction Reminders:

  • I-95 improvement project north of the Fort McHenry Tunnel is underway. Current traffic pattern features no left shoulder and only a small right shoulder on northbound I-95. 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.

For your SAFETY and the SAFETY of other motorists and emergency personnel:

  • Devote your full attention to driving – it is illegal to text and use hand-held cell phones while driving in Maryland.
  • Buckle Up! Every Seat. Every Time.
  • State law requires vehicles to move over when approaching an emergency vehicle or tow truck using visual signals. If you are unable to move over, slow down.
  • Obey posted speed limits and overhead lane-control signals.
  • Avoid changing lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.
  • Headlights are required at all times on the Bay Bridge.
  • Keep your eyes on the road – do not sight-see.
  • Do not tailgate – keep a safe following distance.
  • Make sure your vehicle is “road ready.”
  • If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.
  • When contacting a dispatch center, motorists should be prepared to provide:
    • The location of the emergency;
    • A call-back telephone number; and
    • Details of the incident/disabled vehicle or other circumstances.

For more I-95 construction info, visit www.i95exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to America’s Interstate Main Street. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Maine to Florida!

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Massachusetts DOT Ready for Thanksgiving Travel

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced about what to expect this holiday travel season and some travel tips to use during the nation’s busiest travel season. The roads and skies are expected to be crowded in the days leading up to and after the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 23rd.

The Commonwealth’s roadways are expected to be very busy during the Thanksgiving travel period. If you plan on driving, consider traveling at off-peak hours such as early mornings or late evenings after 9 p.m. Traffic volumes will progressively increase throughout Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as Saturday and Sunday as travelers are returning home.

“The number of Thanksgiving travelers has continued to increase each year and we advise members of the public to plan their trips in advance to find the most appropriate mode, route, and time to travel and help decrease congestion and reach their destination in an efficient manner,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack.


For more I-95 travel info, visit www.i95exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to America’s Interstate Main Street. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Maine to Florida!

Traveling another route? Visit our growing family of exit guides: I-4 Exit GuideI-5 Exit Guide,  I-10 Exit Guide , and I-75 Exit Guide.