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Posted at 02:40 AM ET, 05/25/2012

Memorial Day weekend getaway traffic

2:40 P.M. Update:

Heading out of town this afternoon? Here's a look at things that might impact you. Remember, from this point on the roads are going to be pretty crowded with people heading away for the weekend; expect to encounter congestion and delays for the remainder of the afternoon and early evening. Be patient and be careful.

I-95 South is fairly clear between the Beltway and Lorton, with heavy delays kicking in around Woodbridge and becoming very severe at the Prince William Parkway. From that point on, expect to sit through a lot of congestion; traffic remains sluggish through Dale City and basically until well after Triangle.

Closer to the District, I-395 North is very sluggish at the 14th Street Bridge. Delays continue for traffic heading onto the Southeast/Southwest Freeway en route to Pennsylvania Avenue.

As people head out of town, expect to encounter heavy delays on Pennsylvania Avenue approaching DC-295 and along northbound DC-295 and MD-295.

If you’re heading south through Virginia, remember that the I-95/395 H.O.V. lanes are all southbound until 2 p.m. on Saturday.

In Maryland, eastbound U.S. 50 remains pretty smooth sailing from the Beltway on over to Annapolis. There’s a bit of congestion around Annapolis, but traffic on and after the Bay Bridge looks like it’s still moving smoothly.

Also in Maryland, I-95 North is slow in a couple of places between the Beltway and Baltimore. It’s mostly just congestion in a few spots, but otherwise traffic is moving pretty steadily. Things are moving around and after Baltimore, though we emphasize that this is the case right now; expect heavier traffic if you’re staying at work for another couple of hours.

Flying today? The earlier delays affecting San Francisco and Baltimore have been cleared, but delays remain for LaGuardia and Newark airports in the New York area. Make sure to check with your airline to see if your flight is delayed.

Remember, there are no real shortcuts or trips; your best bet is to leave early or leave late. Here's our Summer Getaway Guide for some tips.

You should also take a look at Dr. Gridlock’s preview of things that could impact you over the weekend — including lots of Metro work and related delays.

And don’t forget the various traffic/transit changes that will be in effect on Monday due to the holiday (covering parking meters, Metro’s hours and more).

Safe travels!

12:20 P.M. Update:

We’re now approaching the post-lunch period of time when many people leave work and try to get a head start on their Memorial Day trips. Here are a few things to know before you go:

Flying today? Flight delays continue at San Francisco International, LaGuardia and Newark International airports. The delays appear to have cleared up at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Make sure to check with your airline before heading out to see if your flight is affected.

Traffic remains pretty light on I-95 South immediately after the Beltway in Virginia. And it also looks less crowded around the Lorton area, which is nice. But very heavy delays kick in around Occoquan and Woodbridge.

The good news is that once you’re beyond Woodbridge and closer to Dale City, things ease up for drivers heading south on I-95.

Meanwhile, in Maryland: I-95 North is a bit crowded just north of the Beltway, but it’s nothing terrible. Things slow down considerably around Laurel, but it’s moving, which we will consider a small victory. North of Baltimore, northbound traffic is moving surprisingly well.

Eastbound U.S. 50 still looks like everything is moving smoothly approaching the Bay Bridge, on the Bay Bridge and beyond the Bay Bridge.

10:50 A.M. Update:

If you’re flying out of town, there are a few scattered delays across the country that could impact your trip. Delays are showing at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, LaGuardia Airport and Newark International. Make sure to check with your airline before heading out to see if your flight is affected.

Driving to the airport? The economy lot at Reagan National Airport is full (it was full by 9 a.m.). Hourly Garage A is closed, but the other hourly garage and both daily garages are open and have plenty of spaces available. (Check on that airport’s parking availability here.)

Meanwhile, the parking lots are all open at Dulles International Airport. The Dulles Toll Road is also moving smoothly right now.

Driving out of town? Traffic looks pretty light on I-95 South near the Beltway in Virginia. There is more congestion as you approach Lorton, with the heaviest delays showing around Occoquan. South of that, there’s still some congestion but it’s moving more smoothly around Dumfries and Triangle. (And if you left super early this morning, conditions are looking good approaching Richmond right now.)

Westbound I-66 heading away from the Beltway and the Washington area also looks pretty clear right now.

Heading to the Bay Bridge, Annapolis and beyond? Eastbound U.S. 50 actually looks remarkably smooth heading that way. (For now, anyway.)

For people heading up through Maryland, there’s a decent amount of traffic moving between the Beltway and Baltimore. You can still move, but it’s moderately crowded around the Laurel area. And north of Baltimore, I-95 North is moving smoothly but seeing more and more traffic as the morning continues.

Surprising no one, I-95 North is a mess before Wilmington. If you're going that way and looking beyond that point, the next severe slowdown happens around Philadelphia.

8:40 A.M. Update:

We will be keeping an eye on the holiday getaway conditions on and off throughout the day. Keep an eye on the Twitter widget below and on this post during the day for any updates.

Remember, there are no real shortcuts or trips; your best bet is to leave early or leave late. Here's our Summer Getaway Guide for some tips.

Don’t forget: If you’re heading south from Washington later today, don’t forget that the I-95/395 H.O.V. lanes will be southbound from 1 p.m Friday until 2 p.m. on Saturday.

8:30 A.M. Update:

The fire at 500 Indiana Avenue NW continues to block 5th Street between E Street and Indiana Avenue and 6th Street between E and F streets, according to police.

Norbeck Road/MD 28 is still closed in both directions between Georgia Avenue and Barn Ridge Drive due to debris in the road.

8:05 A.M. Update:

Fifth Street NW is closed between E Street and Indiana Avenue, while 6th Street is closed between E and F streets. The D.C. Fire Department is responding to something in that area, hence the closures; avoid the area and expect delays.

7:50 A.M. Update:

Norbeck Road/MD 28 is closed in both directions between Georgia Avenue and Barn Ridge Drive due to debris in the road.

7:30 A.M. Update:

The disabled vehicle on I-95 North before the Fairfax County Parkway has been cleared from the shoulder.

The disabled vehicle on I-66 West at Nutley Street has also been cleared from the shoulder.

A disabled vehicle on I-66 West at Chain Bridge Road is blocking the right shoulder there.

7:15 A.M. Update:

An accident on Norbeck Road/MD 28 between Georgia Avenue and Barn Ridge Drive could cause delays there. No lane closures have been reported yet, but watch for traffic issues.

A disabled vehicle on I-95 North before the Fairfax County Parkway is blocking the right shoulder.

A disabled vehicle on I-66 West at Nutley Street is also blocking the right shoulder.

6:45 A.M. Update:

A reported bus fire at Good Hope Road and Good Hope Court could cause issues there. We’ll update if this turns out to be anything or if it severely impacts traffic.

6:30 A.M. Update:

There are no reported delays for Metro, MARC or VRE trains right now.

Original Post:

Good morning, commuters! Memorial Day weekend is here, which means lots of people are heading out of town. For folks still heading into work this morning, we’ll be keeping an eye on the roads and rails. We will be reporting any delays or issues — and we will need your help. If you hear about any congestion, delays, problems or anything at all, tell us in the comments section below or by tweeting @drgridlock.

And we will also be keeping an eye on the holiday getaway conditions. (Not just this morning — we’ll be checking in throughout the day to let you know what we see.) Remember, there are no real shortcuts or trips; your best bet is to leave early or leave late. Here's our Summer Getaway Guide for some tips.

We’re in for a cloudy morning and a sunny, hot day, according to the Capital Weather Gang. There could be some thunderstorms, but the odds aren’t terribly good. It's fairly good weather for people heading out of town.

This is for later, but something to keep in mind: If you’re heading south from Washington later today, don’t forget that the I-95/395 H.O.V. lanes will be southbound from 1 p.m Friday until 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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