What’s more frustrating than sitting in gridlocked Washington, DC traffic? Hour-long traffic jams occur often on many of the major roads around Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. So how can you avoid traffic jams in the Washington, DC area? Here are some resources to get traffic reports providing up-to-date traffic information. Check websites before you head out on the road and keep phone numbers handy to call with your cell phone once you get in a jam.
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TrafficLand.com - See current conditions on heavily used Maryland and Virginia roads. Information is real-time and video-based electronic.
Traffic.com - or Call 866-MYTRAFC (toll free) Get real-time traffic information for the Washington, DC metropolitan area and anywhere in the U.S. You can set up an email or voicemail alert to give you updates to traffic conditions specific to the roads you travel.
Virginia 511 - Find up-to-date traffic reports for Virginia. This website will help you navigate around heavy traffic. You can also dial 511 for phone access.
Call (877) BAYSPAN for current information on traffic conditions at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
Maryland Department of Transportation - Get real-time travel conditions on the main roads in Maryland including information on accidents, road construction, chemical spills, weather, major special events, and more.