This Memorial Day weekend, traffic is expected to be heavier than usual.
The AAA Mid-Atlantic reports about 40 million people will travel by automobiles. This year, 1.5 million more people will travel, compared to Memorial Day weekend in 2018.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has an interactive map of previous traffic trends in the years, according to a release from VDOT.
According to the map, moderate to heavy congestion will occur from noon to 6pm on Friday and Monday, and around midday Saturday and Sunday.
Additional congestion is expected on:
VDOT is suspending most highway work zones and lifting several lane closures on interstates and other major roads starting Friday at noon until noon on Tuesday to help alleviate traffic.
Drivers will still encounter semi-permanent work zones on their travel.
Monday HOV restrictions on I-66 and I-395 and the rush hour tolls on 66 Express Lanes inside the Beltway will be lifted.
VDOT is reminding drivers to buckle up and keep your eyes on the road. If you are drowsy, pull over and take a break. If you plan to drink, have a designated driver or use a ride service.
This article was written by Contributing Writer Amber Dunn.
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