Best and Worst Times for Thanksgiving Travel

If you're traveling by car this Thanksgiving in Northern Virginia, try to drive very early in the morning.

About 43.6 million people are planning to travel 50 miles or more for their Thanksgiving meal this year, according to AAA—and 90 percent of those people are traveling by car.

While Northern Virginia is traffic-heavy throughout the holiday period, the day before Thanksgiving is the heaviest travel day.

To help you plan your travel, the Virginia Department of Transportation created this set of maps showing Thanksgiving traffic congestion from Wednesday, Nov. 23 through Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011.

Unlike last year, the Beltway Express Lanes will be open for Thanksgiving, which may alleviate some of the Thanksgiving travel congestion on Wednesday.

The 2011 maps show the heaviest travel in Northern Virginia last year, particularly around the Beltway and on I-95 south of Burke, was between 1–4 p.m. Wednesday.

Tip: Try to leave Tuesday or very early Wednesday if you can. There are fewer people on the roads early in the morning.

You can check historic congestion along your planned route here.

Coming Home

Debating about whether to go home Saturday or Sunday from your Thanksgiving trip? According to data from 2011, the earlier you leave either day, the better. On I-95 south of the Beltway, it gets quite congested both Saturday and Sunday by about 10 a.m.

You can always check current traffic congestion along major Northern Virginia roadways here on Woodbridge Patch’s transportation page. That page also provides information on the cheapest gas stations in the area. 

yjnyhn December 01, 2012 at 08:32 AM
http://www.coachoutletpn.com of Northern Illinois University earlier in March — were 22 bench http://www.louisvuittonbeltsdt.net presses of 225 pounds, a 35-inch vertical leap and, for a http://www.coachbagsoutleton.org linebacker, a head-turning 4.65 seconds in the 40-yard http://www.coachoutletstorefb.com dash. Under his “Draft Scout Snapshot” was a link t http://www.coachoutletdt.net o game-highlight footage: a rapid-fire sequence of heat-seeking http://www.coachoutletonlinelsa.com -missile launches into ball carriers; the all-out, “high-motor” http://www.coachoutletstoreonlinert.com mode of play that garnered No. 53 a team-leading http://www.coachfactoryoutletdt.us 115 tackles in his senior year, along with second-team All http://www.coachfactoryoutletbo.net Mid-American Conference and Northern Illinois’s http://www.coachoutletonlinefs.com Linebacker http://www.coachoutletstoreps.com http://www.hermesbeltsod.net v of the Year honors. As for Pat’s “Projected Round,” http://www.coachfactoryonlineen.com there was, after the word “stock,” a bright red, http://www.coachoutletonlineyu.net upward-pointing arrow, followed by the words “shot late. http://www.coachoutletloa.com ”Some 800 miles west, meanwhile, in a modern colonial http://www.coachoutletwr.com on a neatly etched cul-de-sac in the western Chicago suburb http://www.coachoutletonlinefc.org Geneva,http://www.coachfactoryoutletpo.com olden


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »