Worst Days for Travel During July 4th Holiday Weekend

1.2 Million Washington Area Residents Expected to Travel

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If you have plans to get away for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, you will not be alone in your travels.

The auto club, AAA Mid-Atlantic, is projecting a record number of Washington area residents to travel during the long 4th of July holiday weekend.  AAA predicts 48.9 million Americans, including 1.2 million Washington area residents will travel 50 miles or more away from home.

The majority of travelers, 87 percent, will take to the roads. Public safety officials are urging drivers to use caution and to expect delays on the road. Holiday traffic is expected to be at its worse during the morning hours Sunday, July 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. as travelers head home at the end of the long weekend.

Homeward bound travelers from the long holiday weekend will encounter travel delays swelling to 2.4 times a normal trip along local roadways “on any given Sunday.”

AAA began tracking holiday travel in 2000.

 

Washington, D.C. Peak Travel Times

Road Name

Worst Day for Travel

Worst Time for Travel

Normal Travel Time

Predicted Travel Time

Delay

% Delay

Speed (MpH)

I270 North

7/3/2019

9:25 a.m.

31 mins

49 mins

18 mins

61%

36

Capital Beltway Anticlockwise

7/3/2019

10:45 a.m.

19 mins

55 mins

36 mins

189%

20

Capital Beltway Clockwise

7/5/2019

1:00 p.m.

20 mins

 38 mins

18 mins

86%

24

US 50 East

7/6/2019

11:15 a.m.

37 mins

 58 mins

21 mins

56%

37

I95 North

7/7/2019

9:00 a.m.

31 mins

72 mins

41 mins

135%

28

II95 South

7/7/2019

10:00 a.m.

34 mins

57 mins

23 mins

67%

39

US 50 West

7/7/2019

12:30 p.m.

30 mins

55 mins

26 mins

87%

31

Source: INRIX

 

You can find more detailed information about the auto club’s Independence Day travel forecast by visiting its website, here.

 

 

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