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Planned Lane Closures Suspended; Motorists Encouraged to Travel During Off-Peak Hours

(September 1, 2017) – With Maryland public school systems starting classes after Labor Day and summer drawing to a close, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is expecting higher traffic volumes this weekend as people traverse the state for the long holiday weekend. MDOT SHA is taking measures to keep traffic moving throughout the long weekend.

MDOT SHA suspended all non-emergency lane closures this morning 5 a.m. until Tuesday morning, September 5. Additionally, MDOT SHA will station Coordinated Highway Action Response Team (CHART) crews to help with disabled vehicles, help clear crashes and remove dangerous debris from highways.

MDOT SHA offers real-time travel conditions and access to live traffic cameras on  While on the road, from a hands-free device, access 5-1-1, Maryland’s free traffic information line. To find out how long the wait is at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge toll plaza, the Maryland Transportation Authority’s (MDTA) 1-877-BAY-SPAN (229-7726) offers precise wait times and other critical information.

Please keep in mind the following tips to stay safe during the Labor Day holiday weekend:

• Buckle up! It’s the law. All seats, all ages, all the time – yes, even the backseat;
• Don’t drive after drinking. Designate a sober driver;
• Park the cell phone and mobile device and pay close attention to the road ahead;
• Get plenty of rest before hitting the road;
• Take activities and snacks for kids to keep them occupied;
• Have alternate routes planned in case you encounter a road closure from a collision; and
• Travel at the posted speed limit.

MDOT SHA is urging motorists to check their vehicle before hitting the highway. Check tires for proper traction and pressure and look for damage. Check belts and hoses for excess wear and replace coolant hoses if there is a leak and fill up all fluids. A quick inspection of the vehicle can reduce the likelihood of a breakdown and will help MDOT SHA keep lanes free and clear.