Reporting Monique Griego
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Memorial Day is officially here. That means thousands of drivers hitting the road for the holiday.
Many have already seen their fair share of backed up traffic.
Monique Griego has more on the frustration travelers are experiencing, and what lies ahead.
From the airport to the highway, travelers are already seeing a lot of delays.
Traffic cameras capture the crowd of holiday drivers heading towards the Bay Bridge. At one point, the line of slow moving cars stretched back for nearly 20 miles.
“A little crazy, a little hectic on the roads. Definitely, yeah,” a driver said.
The congestion, kicking off Memorial Day festivities, even though the windy, gloomy weather wasn’t anything to celebrate.
“The weather stinks!” a woman said. “It’s freezing, I had to put a sweatshirt on.”
“Doesn’t feel like it’s about to be summer,” said another driver.
Nearly 70,000 Marylanders are expected to hit the road this weekend. And joining them will be an increased presence of state police.
“Conducting initiatives that will target impaired drivers, distracted drivers as well as drivers not properly belted or having children in safety seats,” said Sergeant Marc Black, Maryland State Police.
Thousands of travelers also packed into BWI to take off on a holiday. One thing they don’t have to worry about is filling up their tank.
The average price for a gallon of gas in Maryland is $3.52, the highest since March.
“The last week or two we’ve seen them creep back up a little bit. However, they are still than we saw this time last year,” said Ragina Averella, AAA Mid Atlantic.
Still, drivers WJZ spoke with say not even traffic, bad weather or nasty airport delays would keep them from a weekend getaway.
“I don’t think so. I think if people want to go, they’re going to go,” said Karen Fowler.
“It’s supposed to be hectic as always I guess,” said John Harrington.
Nationwide, more than 30 million people are expected to hit the road this weekend.
Right now, gas prices are nine cents cheaper than last year.