City authorities have advised Muscovites to reschedule their country journeys for off-peak hours. The best time to leave is before midday or after 10 pm on Friday, and before 8.30 or after midday on Saturday.
On Fridays, traffic is expected to be very heavy on outbound motorways, the Moscow Traffic Management Centre said. Particularly difficult will be the bottlenecks on the way out of the city, which include the Shchyolkovskoye and Altufyevskoye highways, Shosse Entuziastov and Profsoyuznaya Street. Serious congestion is expected in construction zones on Ryazansky and Michurinsky prospekts, and the Varshavshoye Highway.
This is the typical traffic pattern for this time of year when it gets warmer and people travel to open their dachas. Traffic will become much heavier towards the weekend as people leave Moscow for their country houses and on Sundays when they return to the city. Since the beginning of March, there have been 100,000 more vehicles on the road on Fridays than a month earlier. On Sundays, inbound traffic has increased by 60,000 vehicles.
The Moscow Traffic Management Centre has requested that drivers be more focused, keep their distance and observe speed limits in order to prevent accidents.