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Labor Day Travel Tips for the Washington DC Area

By August 29, 2013

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Every Labor Day weekend, millions of Americans hit the road for one "last" summer weekend getaway. INRIX, a leading provider of traffic information, predicts that Washington, DC will be the fourth worst city in the U.S. for weekend road-trippers and offers the following insight:
  • Traffic will start to slow around 2 p.m. on Friday peaking between 5 and 6 p.m. before tapering off. Congestion will be especially heavy on westbound Route 66 with speeds as slow as 20mph heading into Centreville, VA on Friday.

  • Travelers leaving Washington DC will have the best luck traveling after 7 p.m. Friday night or leaving or Saturday before lunchtime.

  • Drivers headed south toward Virginia Beach should budget for significant delays and expect their trip to take 1.5 hours longer than normal due to heavy traffic.

  • Best bet for a beach getaway will take travelers to Delaware Beaches such as Rehoboth or Bethany, where delays of under half an hour are expected.

  • Expect long back-ups approaching the Chesapeake Bay Bridge tollbooths on both Friday afternoon and Saturday mid-morning. After the tolls, traffic should remain light across the weekend along Route 50 and Route 404, with jams contained to coastal resorts only.
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    See also, A Guide to Labor Day Events in the Washington DC Area
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