These are the best times to cross the Bay Bridge on Memorial Day weekend, according to the MDTA

Westbound traffic crosses the Chesapeake Bay Bridge at sunrise Thursday morning.

As Marylanders hit the road for Memorial Day, travelers heading to the Eastern Shore should aim to cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in the early morning or late evening to avoid traffic, the Maryland Transportation Authority said.

More than 1.9 million motorists are expected to pass through Maryland’s toll facilities (including the Bay Bridge) during the holiday weekend — up 4.7 percent from last year, according to the MDTA. The MDTA encouraged those heading to the Eastern Shore to avoid crossing the Bay Bridge during the middle of the day.


On Friday, it’s best to cross the bridge before 10 a.m. or after 10 p.m., according to the MDTA. Saturday’s best travel times are before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m. And on Sunday and Monday, aim for before 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m., the MDTA says.

Between Friday and Monday, the MDTA estimates more than 348,000 vehicles will travel the Bay Bridge. In total, nearly 890,000 Marylanders are expected to travel for Memorial Day weekend, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.