Fourth of July Travel Tips

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Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC. (Photo credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC. (Photo credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

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LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) – With more than 41 million people expected to travel for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, officials are asking travelers to prepare ahead of time to prevent long lines at airports and traffic delays on the road.

Airports in the D.C.-Baltimore region, and across the country, are anticipating an increased volume of passengers through Monday. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is encouraging passengers to prepare for their flights in advance.

The MWAA is advising passengers to arrive at least two hours before a domestic flight and three hours before an international flight – especially during peak times, which are 5:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Additional Airport Tips:

  • Confirm the status of your flight with your airline before arriving at the airport. With Tropical Storm Arthur threatening to reach hurricane strength by Thursday, flight schedules across the country may be affected
  • Print your boarding pass or select an electronic boarding pass in advance to save time
  • Bring government-issued photo identification to the airport for all adult passengers
  • Pack wisely – do not place any prohibited items in carry-on luggage, such as fireworks; and no valuable items in checked luggage. Also, label your luggage so your name is plainly visible
  • Dulles International travelers can check the wait times at the security checkpoints online , on their mobile devices at the Dulles’ website and on large displays at the airport
  • Reagan National customers should check parking availability online or at 703-417-7275
  • Check flight information on Baltimore-Washington International’s website

AAA projects that nearly 35 million people will hit the road this Independence Day weekend – the highest level since 2007.

The Maryland Transportation Authority is reminding motorists traveling on the I-95/I-395 corridor of ongoing construction projects and closures south of the Fort McHenry Tunnel.

The ramp from southbound I-395 to southbound I-95 exiting Baltimore City is reduced to one lane until mid-August. Only one lane will be open to traffic on July 4th and through the weekend. Use the following alternate routes when exiting downtown this holiday weekend:

  • Key Highway to McComas Street, to northbound and southbound I-95
  • Russell Street to southbound I-95
  • Washington Boulevard to southbound I-95
  • Lombard Street to Monroe Street, to Wilkens Avenue, to Caton Avenue, to southbound I-95.

Traffic lanes on southbound I-95 will remain split around the work zone between MD 295 and the I-395 on-ramp through the weekend.

    Travel Tips On The Road:

  • Do not park along highway shoulders or stop on bridges to watch fireworks
  • From 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, July 4, Baltimore City will implement a temporary truck restriction for the downtown and Inner Harbor areas. Trucks entering Baltimore City on I-395 or Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard will be directed to continue north of Fayette Street or west of MLK
  • Do not text or use hand-held cell phones while driving in Maryland
  • Keep a safe following distance to avoid rear-end collisions
  • Do not change lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels
  • Check you car before traveling
  • If your car becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance
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