AAA: 2018 Thanksgiving travel period busiest in 13 years

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AAA predicts more than 54 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving. That’s a nearly five percent jump from last year and the highest number since 2005.

If you’re one of the more than 48 million Americans traveling by car, you could be in for an extra-long journey.  Travel times in the nation’s most congested cities could be up to four times longer than normal.

One of those most heavily traveled metro areas is Atlanta.  Many of you will travel through Georgia’s capital as a part of your holiday plans.

AAA says the heaviest traffic times in Atlanta are expected this evening. The heaviest delays are expected from 5 pm – 7 pm tonight on Interstate 75 north, between exits 216 and 227.

If you’re headed to the airport for your Thanksgiving flight, tonight from 7pm – 9pm, you’re likely to encounter delays if you’re using Interstate 75 south.

Meanwhile, one consolation for drivers stuck in traffic jams:  gas prices remain low for the start of this holiday travel period.

Georgia gas prices dropped another 9-cents per gallon on average during the past week.  During Thanksgiving travel, the statewide average Georgia gas price is expected to be around $2.44 per gallon.  

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