Kennedy Highway ran smoothly, authority says
While motorists who returned from the beach Monday via the Bay Bridge faced hours-long back-ups, traffic ran smoothly on the Kennedy Highway, Maryland Transportation Authority spokeswoman Lesli Leath reports.
According to Leath the toll portion of Interstate 95 northeast of Baltimore carries 107,000 travelers without significant problems.
The performance of the Kennedy Highway in handling these traffic volumes is additional evidence that many Baltimore-area residents would cut their travel time to nearby beach resorts -- especially those in Delaware -- by choosing a route that takes them north of the Chesapeake Bay.
This blog is doing what it can to tell drivers about their choice of routes to the beach, but it would be helpful if the transportation authority did more to inform Baltimore travelers that the Bay Bridge is not necessarily their best choice. I've done random surveys of my colleagues here at The Sun and have found that many were under the false impression that a trip around the head of the bay would take five or six hours to Ocean City. I'm sure that many Baltimoreans are in the same boat.
At the very least, couldn't the authority work with the State Highway Administration and the Delaware transportation authorities to use variable message signs to warn departing weekenders of Bay Bridge backups and steer them to I-95?