WATERFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Getting an early start was a good strategy for those who wanted to beat the traffic. Alex Boggini of Glastonbury decided to hit the road after he watched the morning news.
“They told us today’s going to be one of the most busy days to go down toward the beach and the shoreline so I got off the couch and got my way down here,” says Boggini.
He’s headed to the Rhode Island beaches.
“We’re going down to Barn Island to fish off of Watch Hill,” says Darrell York of Colchester.
“We’re coming from Castleton Vermont,” says Joe Mark. “We’re going to Shelter Island.”
“Heading down to Watch Hill Rhode Island,” says Joyce Lagnese of West Hartford.
While they were headed to different destinations they all ended up on I-95 and the later it got the busier the shoreline highway got.
“There’s more. Like when I left my office there was fewer and since I started driving there’s more,” says York.
AAA projects nearly 43 million Americans will travel this Independence Day weekend with 84 percent driving to their destinations.
Traditionally the busiest times at the beginning of the weekend are Friday night and Saturday morning.
“The plan is to avoid it,” says York.
“There are a lot of cars,” says Lagnese. “But no back ups but it’s… that’s why I left early.”
Leaving early and heading home late will help drivers avoid the biggest back ups.
“Yeah Tuesday after probably after rush hour,” says Lagnese.
What drivers see tonight is most likely what they will see again Monday afternoon and night – just heading in the opposite direction.
“If you want to enjoy yourself you have to get out there,” says Mark. “Right?”
Cell phone apps like WAZE often alert drivers to traffic jams and troubles ahead and provide alternative routes.