AAA estimates nearly 43 million Americans will be traveling this weekend for Memorial Day. That means there will be gridlock for drivers in and around our region.
Drivers will see the second highest travel volume during Memorial Day weekend. Thousands across the region will be traveling for the holiday, and Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration is prepared. Charlie Gischlar of MDOT State Highway Administration said, “So if you’re heading down toward the beach, you will find more of our traffic patrols. The people who go out and clear disabled vehicles and crashes.”
Commuter, Keonna Jefferies, stated: “Going over the Bay Bridge is a mess, so I’m trying to avoid any extra traffic, and hopefully people will decide to travel today.”
Jeffries says: although she’s looking forward to the three-day weekend, she’s not looking forward to the traffic, so her plan is to get an early start. “I plan on leaving around 6 a.m.,” she commented.
Officials are reminding drivers to travel safely, as many will be on the road trying to get from point ‘A’ to ‘B.’ More drivers are expected, due to warm weather and lower gas prices. There are also many work zones in the area, so officials are asking drivers to slow down. “We’re suspending non-emergency lane closures, associated with construction, that way we get out of people’s way and get more people moving,” Gischlar said.
To avoid congestion, MDOT officials are also reminding drivers not to take back roads when heading to Ocean City. The best way is to remain on Route 50.
Construction season will start up again next week.