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After earlier backups of 19 miles at Bay Bridge, holiday traffic eases in evening

Heavy traffic that had earlier caused backups of up to 19 miles from the Bay Bridge had completely dissipated by late Monday night.

There were no backups in either direction, according to information on the Maryland Transportation Authority's recorded hotline.

Officials predicted more than 300,000 vehicles would travel the Bay Bridge over the holiday weekend, but as Labor Day winded down, it appeared everyone was trying to leave the Eastern Shore at the same time.

On Monday afternoon, the Maryland Department of Transportation said delays stretched 19 miles on westbound U.S. 50 from Route 404. An accident involving a plane that crashed along the highway in Bowie did not help matters, leading to lane closures and further backups to allow for a Medivac.

Highway officials urged travelers to make the return trip later Monday during off-peak hours to avoid heavy delays. They also advised drivers heading from the beach to the DC-area to use I-97 to Route 32 to I-95.

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