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Weekend traffic tie-ups expected

May 28, 2004|by TARA REILLY

Residents heading to the beach or to other destinations in Maryland over the Memorial Day weekend may hit traffic tie-ups along some major roads, State Highway Administration spokesman David Buck said Thursday. Buck said a high number of travelers likely will cause congestion on U.S. 50 on Maryland's Eastern Shore and on Interstate 95, but traffic delays shouldn't be as severe as those over the Fourth of July or Labor Day weekends.

He said he anticipated the heaviest congestion would be this morning, Saturday afternoon and on Monday from 2 to 3 p.m. until about 9 p.m.

The state has suspended all road construction from noon today through Tuesday morning to accommodate traffic, Buck said.

In Pennsylvania, traffic bottlenecks are expected on Interstate 81 in northern Lebanon County, about 20 miles north of Harrisburg, according to a statement from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Northbound traffic is limited to a single lane for approximately five miles, while single-lane travel extends for nine miles southbound on I-81 because of construction, the statement says.

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Traffic also will be limited to a single lane westbound on Interstate 78 approaching I-81.

According to PennDOT, traffic backups of a few miles have been common during the daily morning and evening rush hours.

The tie-ups have been the worst on Friday evenings, with backups of several miles in the northbound direction, according to the statement.

PennDOT anticipates major traffic bottlenecks this afternoon and evening and on Monday, the statement says.

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