Holiday weekend ends without vehicle accidents

May 29, 2000|By ANDREA ROWLAND

Holiday travelers on Monday experienced few delays on interstate highways in Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, according to state police in the Tri-State area.

A Maryland State Police dispatcher in Hagerstown said traffic on Interstate 70 through Hagerstown was "starting to get heavy" at about 7 p.m., but no delays had been reported.

Traffic was also flowing smoothly further east on Interstates 70 and 270, U.S. 340 and U.S. 15, according to a Maryland State Police dispatcher in Frederick, Md.

"Everything's moving," he said. "There haven't been any problems."

No Memorial Day accidents were reported on Interstate 70 through Frederick or Washington counties, according to emergency services dispatchers.

Fewer vehicles than in past holidays traversed the Interstate 81 corridor near Chambersburg, Pa., on Monday, said Cpl. Robert Marshall of the Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg.


"Everything has been quieter than normal, even in town," he said.

There were no backups or accidents Monday on Interstate 81 through Berkeley County, W.Va., according to West Virginia State Police in Martinsburg.

Tri-State residents traveling home from such rainy beach resorts as Ocean City, Md. and Rehoboth Beach, Del., likely hit delays earlier in the day, according to reports from State Highway Association.

Mid-afternoon travelers endured a delay of up to seven miles at the intersection of Maryland routes 404 and 16, which stretch to the Delaware border, and a two-mile rolling backup on U.S. Route 50 approaching the Bay Bridge, according to the State Highway Administration.

About 350,000 vehicles were expected to cross the bridge during the long holiday weekend.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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