Heading Home on the Holiday? Best Times to Leave

Heading home from a Memorial Day weekend vacation? Leave late, officials say. 

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) recommended that travelers leave early Monday or stay late. Leaving before 10 a.m. or after 10 p.m. is ideal.

Expect heavy westbound traffic on the Bay Bridge, MDTA said. 

If you'll be driving in Virginia, the Virginia Department of Transportation (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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