The Virginia Department of Transportation said it will lift all lane closures this weekend to allow for smoother travel over the Easter holiday.

Travelers in Virginia will not encounter any work zones from noon on Friday, March 30 to noon on Tuesday, April 3. This should allow traffic to flow along the I-95 corridor, in particular.

HOV restrictions on the I-66 and I-395 will not change during the holiday.

The suspension of road work will benefit those traveling away from the region this weekend, but will also make things easier for those coming into the city for Spring Break and National Cherry Blossom Festival events. (Washington, D.C. is the #5 Spring Break destination this year, according to Expedia.)

We’ll have a thorough rundown of Easter and Spring Break travel tips later this week, but it goes without saying that traffic will likely be heavy throughout the Northeast and the I-95 corridor. Airports will also be busy with Spring Breakers heading to various destinations.

Some quick tips:

  • Use E-ZPass - Toll lanes can get very backed up on I-95 heading north, particularly in Baltimore, other parts of Maryland, and Delaware. E-ZPass will help you bypass any long lines at these plazas.
  • Get there early - Expect very long security lines at airports. Whatever time you normally allow before a flight, double it.
  • Be prepared for weather - It’s spring, but don’t forget we just had several inches of snow last week. Late March and early April can still bring subfreezing temperatures. Thankfully, early forecasts suggest it will be warmer but with some chance of rain this weekend.

Check back with DC Commute Times later this week for more essential info for Spring Break and Easter travel.

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