Delaware backup reaches 5.8 miles
The Maryland Transportation Authority reports that as of about 1:45 p.m., the northbound traffic backup on the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway at the Delaware Turnpike toll plaza had reached 5.8 miles and is building. Authority spokeswoman Teri Moss said the travel time estimate to the Delaware line from Milepost 96 -- 14 miles away -- was 35 minutes.
Massive trraffic backups have been predicted as a result of heavy holiday ttraffic and construction at the toll plaza.
State highway officials said this afternoon that northbound traffic was being diverted to U.S. 40 via Route 272. Drivers who can should consider exiting Interstate 95 at Route 272 and using U.S. 40 east until they reach Delaware 896, where they can cut over to I-95 past the toll plaza.