- 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.
See also, A Guide to Labor Day Events in the Washington DC Area