BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Road travel is expected to exceed pre-pandemic levels during the holidays.
AAA estimates more than 100 million people will take to the streets starting Thursday through January 2.
After halting holiday celebrations in 2020 due to the pandemic, some are making up for lost time this season.
According to AAA, despite a new increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, driving is the #1 way people plan to travel during the holidays.
The Maryland Department of Transportation says its roadside assistance teams are seeing a 30 percent increase in calls this time of year.
These emergency patrols have an important mission: to keep highways clear. According to MDOT, for every minute a lane is blocked, it takes four minutes to restore normal traffic conditions.
WJZ Traffic Anchor Kristy Breslin, a native of Maryland, has spent more than a decade securing traffic on the roads in the Baltimore area. She says that timing is key on vacation.
“Baltimore is definitely a difficult location because a lot of people are going through New York, to DC,” Breslin said. “So the heaviest will of course be around 95, 295 and even expect to see a lot of traffic on the Belt.”
If you are planning to travel on Christmas Eve, AAA recommends getting on the road before 1pm
Christmas is predicted to be the least congested time on the roads.
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