With the holiday season in full swing, the Maryland Transportation Authority has shared several suggested travel times for the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend.
According to officials, Thanksgiving is expected to be one of the busiest travel weeks of the year.
Prioritizing safety and obeying all traffic laws is essential during the holiday season to protect yourself and other travelers.
Bay Bridge recommended travel times:
The MTA recommends the following Bay Bridge travel times to avoid the most congested periods are:
Bay Bridge Eastbound:
– Tuesday, Nov. 21 – before noon and after 8 p.m.;
– Wednesday, Nov. 22 – before 9 a.m. and after 8 p.m.;
– Thursday, Nov.23 – before 10 a.m. and after 3 p.m.;
– Friday, Nov. 24 – before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m.; and
– Saturday, Nov. 25, and Sunday, Nov. 26 – before 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
Bay Bridge Westbound:
– Wednesday, Nov. 22 – before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m.;
– Thursday, Nov. 23 – before 11 a.m. and after 3 p.m.; and
– Saturday, Nov. 25, and Sunday, Nov. 26 – before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m.;
I-95 (JFK Memorial Highway and Fort McHenry Tunnel) recommended travel times
– Tuesday, Nov. 21 – before noon and after 10 p.m.;
– Wednesday, Nov.22 – before 7 a.m. and after 10 p.m.;
– Thursday, Nov. 23 – before 8 a.m. and after 4 p.m.;
– Friday, Nov. 24 – before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m.;
– Saturday, Nov. 25 and Sunday, Nov. 26 – before 8 a.m. and after 10 p.m.; and
– Monday, Nov. 27 – before 8 a.m. and after 8 p.m.
Nice/Middleton Bridge (US 301) recommended travel times
– Wednesday, Nov. 22 – before noon and after 6 p.m.; and
– Sunday, Nov. 26 – before 11 a.m. and after 7 p.m.
Driver Safety Reminders + Best Practices
No matter where you travel for the holiday, please remember these safety tips on the road:
– Allow for extra time to get to your destination.
– Obey speed limits. Speeding gives you less time to react and increases the severity of a crash.
– To assist in minimizing distractions while driving, you should always set up your GPS before you start your trip when needing directions. Driving while distracted is extremely dangerous for you, your passengers, other motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists.
– Maryland’s Move Over law includes all stopped vehicles displaying any type of caution signals or warning lights when approaching from the rear. Slow down if you cannot safely move over into an available lane not immediately adjacent to the stopped vehicle.
– Make sure your vehicle is road-ready. If your vehicle breaks down, exit the roadway. If that isn’t possible, remain inside your vehicle and call #77 for assistance.
– Obey overhead lane-use control signals in travel lanes before, during, and after the bridge or tunnel, wherever lane signals are present.
- Red X: This means the lane is closed. You must not enter or travel in any lane where a Red X signal is shown.
- Yellow X: Prepare to vacate the lane beneath the Yellow X signal and move to a lane with a downward green angle.
- Downward Green Arrow: Motorists can drive in the lane beneath the green arrow signal.
How to pay tolls in Maryland:
Tolls in Maryland are collected through E-ZPass, Pay-By-Plate, and Video Tolling.