Long weekends are meant for the beach, not sitting in a traffic jam.
If you’re planning to leave the D.C. area for the Fourth of July weekend, here are the best times to leave to avoid traffic woes.
The Maryland Department of Transportation recommends early morning or late evening travel to avoid congestion on the Bay Bridge.
MDTA says drivers should try to leave at the following times to avoid Bay Bridge traffic:
- Thursday: Before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
- Friday: Before 8 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
- Saturday: Before 6 a.m. and after 8 p.m.
- Sunday: Before 8 a.m. and after 7 p.m.
- Monday: Before 8 a.m. and after 8 p.m.
- Tuesday: Before 9 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
As a reminder, headlights are always required when traveling on the Bay Bridge.
There is construction going on on Interstate 64, so if you can avoid it, you’re probably better off. The Virginia Department of Transportation recommends using Route 460 as an alternative if you’re headed to Virginia Beach or the Outer Banks.
Some construction will be suspended starting Monday, but try to leave at off-peak hours if you planning on taking I-64E.
Traffic is expected to be heaviest Saturday and Sunday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., so early morning or late evening tavel is going to be your best option no matter which road you choose.
The Virginia Department of Transportation has created an interactive map that shows travel-trends for traffic on the 4th. Check this map for hourly predictions of traffic on your specific route in Richmond, Hampton Roads or Northern Virginia.
While some lane closures will be lifted, permanent work zones will remain in place. You can explore major work zones here.