More Americans are expected to hit the road this holiday week than in the past 12 years. Fox 25/48’s Zach Prelutsky tells us what it’s going to be like to travel for Thanksgiving.
Triple A estimates that more than one million people in Wisconsin will travel this thanksgiving holiday. With that many commuters traveling, you might need to plan ahead if you want to make it to your destination in a reasonable amount of time.
There are many factors for people when they are traveling this holiday week.
“I just plan for daylight savings time now. I don’t like that change at all. I like to go when it’s brighter and as I get older my eyes get worse so I’m just trying to do it during the morning or afternoon hours.”
Another big factor people in western Wisconsin have noticed over the past few months has been the construction on the roads.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says although most major highway construction will be done for the year, people still might run into road work and heavy traffic in key travel areas.
“We really recommend that that you still exercise a lot of caution going through those zones, even if the workers aren’t present. There may be uneven pavement, unusual lane configurations, so definitely slow down, take it easy in those areas and then just be prepared.”
If you’re traveling cross country, you’re going to have some company doing so.
Triple A expects more than 50 million Americans to travel more than 50 miles this week, which would be the highest number in more than a decade.
And there’s a reason why the most amount of people will travel since 2005.
“It’s really all about economic conditions. We’re seeing the economy continuing to improve, wages are creeping up, we’re seeing unemployment continue to go down so more people are able to afford a trip like this.”
Wisdot says they expect peak travel hours to occur from noon until 8 PM until Sunday the 26th.
In La Crosse, Zach Prelutsky, Fox 25/48 First News at Nine.