More than a million area residents will be setting out on adventures this week.
As you prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, it’s important to be aware of what lies ahead.
Traffic and delays are expected around the nation’s capital, according to a release from AAA Mid-Atlantic.
Of the estimated 1.35 million community members who are leaving the region, about 1.2 million will opt for vehicles.
Throughout Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., more than 3.6 million citizens are hitting the roads, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Manager of Public and Government Affairs John B. Townsend II.
“As a result, holiday travelers exiting the area and those staying put for the holiday, will encounter heavier traffic congestion, as well as travel delays that are almost three times longer than the normal delays – if there is such a thing around here – during the afternoon rush hours on any given Wednesday,” Townsend said in a release.
AAA Mid-Atlantic says travel will be at its worse on Wednesday and Sunday, with delays on I-95 North and I-95 South expected to start at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Motorists may see heavy traffic on I-95 and I-66 until 8 p.m. today.
Congestion is predicted to increase from Richmond to Fredericksburg on I-95 North between 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, and from I-495 to Route 234 on I-66 west between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., according to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).
Many will be on I-95 South near Fredericksburg between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving and on I-95 North between Noon and 6:30 p.m. on Friday.