Memorial Day 2013: 800K D.C. area residents expected to hit roads

The Memorial Day holiday weekend getaway is in full swing Friday as thousands in our region hit the highway.

William Dunkin and his family are headed to Delaware.

They left Georgia last night to beat the crush of commuters expected on area roads.

“We tried to but we still hit a little something,” he says.

Throughout the morning, traffic on the Bay Bridge steadily increased.

Hoping to avoid bridge backups later Friday, Sheri Nassikas took the day off.
She says so far the trip to Rehoboth hasn't been too bad.

“Through D.C. was easy but once we started getting closer to the bridge, it slowed down a bit,” she says.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says more than 800,000 people in the D.C. region are driving more than fifty miles to celebrate the unofficial start of summer. That's slightly down from last year.

AAA spokesman Lon Anderson says the sequester could be having an impact.

“We know there are hundreds of thousands of people who are going to having to be taking some unpaid time off the one damper on travel activity,” Anderson says.