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Top 10 worst interstates to travel during the holidays

Drivers should expect significantly higher traffic volumes on roadways as tens of millions of Americans are expected to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday.

More than 54.3 million Americas will be traveling this Thanksgiving, the highest single-year increase since 2005, according to a report from AAA in partnership with INRIX. Approximately 48.3 million of those travelers will be driving, AAA says.

The report predicts that “major metro areas across the U.S. could see more than double the delays versus typical drive times, with drivers in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and New York City likely to experience more than three times the delays.”

“Thanksgiving is one of the busiest holidays for road trips and this year will be no different even during the pandemic,” says Bob Pishue, Transportation Analyst, INRIX. “Drivers around major metros must be prepared for significant delays, especially Wednesday afternoon. Knowing when and where congestion will build can help drivers avoid the stress of sitting in traffic.”

Check out the table below for the top 10 worst interstates/times to travel for holiday traffic.

Worst Corridors and Times to Travel
Metro Area Corridor Peak Congestion % Over Normal
Atlanta I-85 S, Clairmont Rd to MLK Dr Wednesday, 1:30 – 3:30PM 340%
Boston I-93 N, Quincy Market to MA-28 Wednesday, 1:00 – 3:00PM 240%
Chicago I-290 W, Morgan St to Wolfe Rd Wednesday, 2:45 – 4:45PM 329%
Detroit I-96 W, 6 Mile Rd to Walled Lake Wednesday, 2:00 – 4:00PM 211%
Houston I-10 W, Sjolander Rd to TX-330 Wednesday, 3:15 – 5:15PM 344%
Los Angeles I-5 S, Colorado St to Florence Ave Wednesday, 3:45 – 5:45PM 385%
New York I-495 E, Borden Ave to Little Neck Pkwy Wednesday, 2:30 – 4:30PM 482%
San Francisco I-80 E, I-580 to San Pablo Dam Rd Wednesday, 4:00 – 6:00PM 278%
Seattle I-5 S, WA-18 to WA-7 Wednesday, 4:00 – 6:00PM 257%
Washington DC I-95 S, I-395 to VA-123 Wednesday, 2:00 – 4:00PM 230%

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