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The Holiday Getaway Through Maryland

The Maryland Transportation Authority, which operates the tunnels and bridges and their toll plazas doesn't expect traffic volumes to be any greater this Thanksgiving than last. Like the other transportation agencies, the authority anticipates the highest volumes on Wednesday and Sunday, although the pace has been picking up on the Tuesdays before Thanksgiving.

The authority's advice: Travel during off-peak hours, use E-ZPass and call 877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for updated traffic conditions on the Cheasapeake Bay Bridge. (You also can go to baybridge.com for updates and camera views.)

Along Interstate 95
Here's what the authority suggests on when to travel to avoid the bottlenecks at the toll plazas along I-95:
-- Today after 10 p.m. or Wednesday, before 7 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
-- Thanksgiving through Sunday, before 9 a.m. and after 9 p.m.

While all our local transportation departments suspend their construction projects right around the holidays, the construction construct of the higher-speed toll lanes at the Fort McHenry Tunnel Toll Plaza has closed the two left toll lanes in each direction. Motorists should anticipate delays and consider using I-895 or I-695, the transportation authority says.

At the Bay Bridge
-- From 8 o'clock tonight to 5 a.m. Wednesday, the westbound span will be closed for re-decking. Two-way traffic will operate on the eastbound span.
-- From 9 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday and from 11 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday, the eastbound span will be closed for maintenance. Two-way traffic will operate on the westbound span.
-- At all times, slow down for the steel plates on the Bay Bridge's westbound span. The posted speed limit for the westbound span is 45 mph because of the deck replacement project.

By Robert Thomson  |  November 25, 2008; 2:46 PM ET
Categories:  Getaway  
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