No interstate lanes shut for construction during Thanksgiving holiday weekend, officials say

Ann Santiago
November 24, 2017

Almost 51 million people are expected to travel at least 50 miles away from home during the Thanksgiving holiday week.

AAA predicts drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion during the afternoon and early evening-as early as Tuesday of Thanksgiving week-as commuters mix with holiday travelers.

According to Mark Amorosi, communications manager for South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA), said that Atlantic City International Airport projects an 11 percent increase in seat capacity for the Thanksgiving travel week compared to the same week previous year.

That's because travel is expected to increase this year across the nation.

The Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority said passenger volumes are up slightly in both October and year-to-date categories.

However, 45 million of travelers will still be traveling via auto even though gas prices are at the highest they have been during the holiday since 2014. "Whether they are returning home, visiting family and friends, or want to enjoy the outdoors or shop, ME is just an awesome place to be".

More Tennesseans are expected to fly to their destination as well, about 37,000 will travel by air, which is the highest since 2006.

Gas prices in Tennessee are now averaging $2.31, a drop of 2 cents compared to last week.

"A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes and higher consumer confidence, fueling a strong year for the travel industry, which will continue into the holiday season", said AAA Spokeswoman Jennifer Cook. Nationally, the average price per gallon is $2.54 a gallon.

In the event of inclement weather, Darras advised all travelers at McGhee Tyson to closely monitor their flight status online at or by downloading the airport's free mobile application on Google Play or the Apple App Store. The day before Thanksgiving is typically the busiest day at Newark airport's rail station.

This is projected to be the busiest Thanksgiving for travel since 2005. The service runs five daily round-trips between Brunswick and Boston during the week, but will cut back to its three-round-trip service on Thursday. "No matter where you go, when you go, there's going to be a lot of traffic", he says. "We got a head start this year", said Anne Flaminio.

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