Best times for Labor Day trips and a look at I-66 and the subway

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Here’s a look at long-term work changes on Interstate 66 and the best times to cross the Chesapeake Bay and Nice/Middleton bridges this Labor Day weekend.

No major work is planned for this weekend; there are usually no long holiday weekends. So we’ll look at long-term work changes on Interstate 66 and the best times to cross the Chesapeake Bay and Nice/Middleton bridges. We will also take a look at the Metro Bridge Tunnel Project.

Labor Day weekend tips

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) recommends that Labor Day weekend motorists travel during off-peak hours to help minimize delays at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and the Nice/Middleton Bridge.

Motorists traveling to and from the East Coast can also save time by taking the route north from Interstate 95, via the Tydings Bridge.

The Bay Bridge. (Courtesy of MDTA)

The MDTA estimates that more than 350,000 vehicles will cross the Bay Bridge between Friday, September 2 and Labor Day – Monday, September 5. September 3. Larger westerly volumes are likely on Sunday and Monday.

Drivers are still advised to stay on US 50 on both sides of the bridge, to keep local roads open to first responders and residents.

The MDTA suggests that the best times to hike the Bay Bridge this weekend are:

Friday, September 2 — before 8 a.m. and after 9 p.m.

Saturday, September 3 — before 8 a.m. and after 4 p.m.

Sunday, September 4 — before 11 a.m. and after 9 p.m.

Labor Day Monday, September 5 — before 9 a.m. and after 10 p.m.

Tuesday, September 6 — before 7 a.m. and after 6 p.m.

Weather and traffic volumes permitting, the MDTA will use two-way operations to help mitigate eastbound delays at the bridge. Two-way operations are prohibited during deck wind warnings/restrictions, fog, or precipitation. Learn more about bi-directional operations here.

At the Harry W. Nice Memorial/Sen. Thomas “Mac” Middleton Bridge between Charles County, Maryland, and King George County, Virginia, more than 90,000 travelers are expected between Friday and Monday.

The MDTA suggests that the best times to cross this bridge are:

Friday, September 2 — before 11 a.m. and after 8 p.m.

Saturday, September 3 — before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m.

Sunday, September 4 — before 11 a.m. and after 8 p.m.

After the weekend

The Maryland State Highway Administration announced it will suspend major lane closures for non-emergency roadwork on major roads and freeways through Monday.

A paving project is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Sept. 6 along U.S. Route 1/Baltimore Avenue, north of Regents Drive in College Park.

Beginning at approximately 8 p.m., crews will begin paving US 1 from College Avenue/Regents Drive to the Campus Drive intersection. Single lanes will be closed in the evening, from Monday evening to Friday morning, for approximately three weeks. Check their website for specific details as well as real-time traffic information.


The Adams Morgan Pedestrian Zone takes place this Sunday, September 4 from 12-10 p.m. for all-day fun on an open, car-free street! 18th Street NW between Kalorama and Columbia Roads NW will be closed to vehicular traffic on select Sundays for the remainder of the year (September 4 and October 23, 2022 – more dates to come).

Enjoy free entertainment and activities along 18th Street throughout the day and evening. The exact entertainment venues can be found here.

Road works in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Transportation will suspend many roadwork zones and lift most lane closures on freeways and other major roads between noon Friday, September 2 and noon Tuesday, September 6.

Although lane closures have been lifted in most places, semi-permanent work zones will remain in place. A full list of these lane closures is available on the VDOT website.

For Project 66 Transform Outside the Beltway, the left-hand lane on I-66 westbound between Manassas and Gainesville will be closed 24 hours a day until Saturday, September 10.

This work reduces I-66 westbound to three lanes of traffic from west of Route 234 Business (Sudley Road) near Groveton Road to Route 29 (Lee Highway) in Gainesville. There will be further lane closures in this area overnight.

This closure will allow crews to complete work on this section of road in preparation for the opening of the 66 express lanes outside the ring road later this year.


This will be the last weekend for the three-month closure of five Orange Line stations. From Saturday to Monday, work will continue at New Carrollton, Landover, Cheverly, Deanwood and Minnesota Avenue stations in preparation for their reopening on Tuesday.

The stations were closed all summer as part of WMATA’s platform improvement project.

Metro’s Platform Improvement Project wraps up this weekend. (Courtesy of WMATA)

The metro will open at 7 a.m. this weekend and close at 1 a.m. on Saturday and at midnight on Sunday and Monday. The trains will provide normal daytime and evening service.

Trains will run on the Sunday schedule for the Monday Labor Day holiday.

The full weekend schedule with service adjustments can be viewed on Metro’s website.

Metro is encouraging riders to start planning their trips for major construction work on the Blue and Yellow Lines, which will result in train service changes this fall. Beginning September 10, work begins to repair the aging Yellow Line tunnel and bridge, adding essential upgrades needed for the new Potomac Yard station to open later this fall.

Between September 10 and October 22, six Blue and Yellow Line stations south of Reagan National Airport Station will be closed to connect Potomac Yard Station to existing tracks. To learn more about this work, see the WMATA project page.

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