Arlington, VA

If you’re one of the estimated 850,000 people around the D.C. area hitting the road for Labor Day this weekend, be prepared for delays — and the unexpected.

“If past is prologue, holiday travelers departing the Washington metro area this Labor Day weekend will find slowing traffic beginning at 2 p.m. Friday, August 31, 2018, and the worst time to travel between 5-6 p.m. The best bet for drivers is to wait until after 7 p.m. on Friday or before noon on Saturday to help ensure valuable vacationing time isn’t spent in standstill traffic during summer’s swansong,” said John Townsend, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic, in a press release this morning.

The auto org is gearing up for one its busiest weekends of the year — it responded to more than 14,000 roadside assistance calls across the D.C. region during last year’s Labor Day holiday.

And if you’re stuck in an airport or in the car, be sure to catch up on our most-read stories of the past week:

  1. New Casual Italian Restaurant Coming to Columbia Pike
  2. Pedestrian Struck by Car Along Columbia Pike
  3. Arlington Ranked as Most Dog Friendly Spot in the Nation
  4. Police Arrest Man for Lewd Act Inside Glebe Road Business
  5. Cassatt’s Hasn’t Been Operating, Fueling Fears About Its Future

Head down to the comments to discuss your plans for the long weekend, or anything else local. Have a nice weekend — barring breaking news in the meantime, we’ll be back publishing as the kids go back to school on Tuesday.

Flickr pool photo by Erinn Shirley

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