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Record traffic expected on New England roads over Thanksgiving holiday

23 Novembre 2017

"Year after year, we are devastated by stories of family members who are killed on our roadways on their way to Thanksgiving festivities", Ezzell said.

"We don't necessarily designate Sunday as the busiest travel day of the year", he said.

While it might be one of the busiest years for Thanksgiving travel, one silver lining for Texans, and especially travelers in the Alamo City, is gas prices are at the lowest they've been in recent weeks. Travel by trains, buses and cruises is expected to increase to nearly 1.5 million travelers.

Other people say they plan to hit the road no matter what and gas prices don't affect their decision to drive.

The holiday travel rush is on, from coast to coast.

For those traveling around North Carolina temperatures will be in the mid-50s on Thanksgiving day with lows in the 30s.

But if you do venture away from home, you will be joined by a projected 50.9 million other travelers going 50 miles or more this Thanksgiving.

$2.39 - Average Kansas price for a gallon of gas as of November 20. AAA expects to rescue more than 330,000 drivers this weekend from either lockouts, flat tires or battery related issues.

Record traffic expected on New England roads over Thanksgiving holiday
Record traffic expected on New England roads over Thanksgiving holiday

As for alternative travel options, like trains, buses and cruises, they're expected to increase 1.1 percent, the equivalent of 1.48 million travelers.

More than 50 million people are hitting the road between now and the end of the week for Thanksgiving.

Flying High: 36,919 Tennesseans are forecast to take a flight; the most since 46,447 flew in 2006.

This map of Idaho, courtesy of AAA, shows the counties with the most and least expensive average gas prices.

The Interstate 93 HOV lane between Boston and Quincy is open Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m.to help keep the extra traffic moving.

"This is actually the largest travel volume for Thanksgiving since 2005", said Ragina Averella, with AAA.

Compared to last year's holiday, it will cost the average motorist $6 more for a full tank of gasoline. The current national price for a gallon of regular gas is $2.85, down 36 cents from 2013.

According to Google, the best time to leave Boston before Thanksgiving was overnight Wednesday.

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Record traffic expected on New England roads over Thanksgiving holiday