High number of travelers expected for Thanksgiving holiday

Posted at 5:39 PM, Nov 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-19 18:39:27-05

AAA is already anticipating more people traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday than they have during that time frame in the last dozen years.

In Wisconsin, AAA says there will be about 1 million drivers taking a 50-plus mile road trip over the next week. They anticipate the worst of the traffic occurring on Wednesday, from about noon until 8pm.

Monday night, the DOT is saying drivers should prepare for longer commutes, especially if they're headed to major metropolitan areas with construction.

"You're probably going to be looking at good travel in northeast Wisconsin, but we should still warn there's going to be a lot of congestion on Wednesday and you got to pay attention when you drive especially when it's heavy traffic," explains Dept. of Transportation’s Mark Kantola.

If you're one of the estimated 93,000 Wisconsinites taking a flight over the holiday, you should expect airports to be busy as well. Representatives at Austin Straubels International Airport in Ashwaubenon say their busiest days will likely be this weekend, as travelers head home.

So, if you are flying or driving for the holiday, plan on things taking a bit longer than usual.