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Here are the best times to travel during Thanksgiving week

From the Bay Bridge to I-95
Posted at 9:13 AM, Nov 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 09:37:49-05

BALTIMORE — During Thanksgiving, the Bay Bridge construction project will continue. The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) has released the recommended hours of travel for drivers. MDTA is estimating that between Tuesday, November 26, and Sunday, December 1, more than 3.4 million travelers will be on the road. Wednesday, November 27, is expected to see the most travel. From Wednesday, November 27, through Saturday, November 30, cashless tolling will be in effect at the Bay Bridge from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Recommended times to travel the Bay Bridge during the Thanksgiving holiday are:
Tuesday through Friday, November 26-29, before 9 a.m. and after 9 p.m.
Monday, December 2, before noon and after 8 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday, November 26-27, before 5 a.m. and after 6 p.m.
Thursday through Sunday, November 28-December 1, before 9 a.m. and after 9 p.m.
Monday, December 2, before 5 a.m. and after 2 p.m.

During Thanksgiving week, in addition to the 24/7 westbound right lane closure, the westbound span may be fully closed from 9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. the following morning. During these overnight closures, two-way traffic will operate on the eastbound span with one lane in each direction. There will be no two-way traffic on the westbound span during the holiday week unless there is an emergency.

In addition to Bay Bridge advisories, MDTA is recommending travel during these off-peak hours:
Tuesday and Wednesday, November 26-27, before 6 a.m. and after 11 p.m.
Thursday and Friday, November 28-29, before 7 a.m. and after 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, November 29-30, before 9 a.m. and after 9 p.m.

Electronic tolling is now in use at all times on the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695) in Baltimore and Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) at the Harford and Cecil counties line. Tolls are collected via E-ZPass or video tolling. E-ZPass Maryland Customer Service Centers will be closed Thursday, November 28. Visit or use the automated system at 1-888-321-6824 to plan ahead.

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