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Getting Away for Memorial Day? Best Times to Leave

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    It was a wet and messy drive for travelers trying to get out of town for the Memorial Day weekend. News4’s Shomari Stone talked to people making the holiday getaway.

    (Published Thursday, May 25, 2017)

    Headed out of town for Memorial Day weekend? Leave early or leave late. 

    The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) said these are the best times for beachgoers to travel if they're using the Bay Bridge:

    • Friday before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
    • Saturday before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
    • Sunday and Monday before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m. 


    The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has similar advice. Traffic is usually heaviest on Memorial Day weekend from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday through Monday, VDOT said. 


    VDOT has a new interactive map that shows when and where traffic was heaviest on Memorial Day weekend for the past three years. The map lets you pick your time and then zoom in on your route.


    Officials hope the tool will help drivers dodge major traffic. Also, VDOT has suspended most road work from noon Friday to noon Tuesday to reduce congestion.

    For a live map of backups and closures, see the NBC Washington traffic page.

    VDOT has live updates on their website. MDTA updates are available by calling 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726)

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