Wis. state patrol prepares for busy roads over Thanksgiving weekend
About 3,200 more people will travel by car for the holiday compared to last year in the Badger State.
DEFOREST, Wis. (WMTV) - Thousands of drivers will hit the road for Turkey Day. Over 957,872 Wisconsinites will travel by car for the holiday, according to AAA forecasts.
This Thanksgiving, about 3,200 more people than last year will drive in the Badger State. AAA also estimates about 106,895 people from Wisconsin will fly for Thanksgiving, which means air travel is expected to exceed pre-pandemic levels and set a new record high this year.
If you are planning to drive on Wednesday, the best times to travel will be before 8:00 a.m. or after 8:00 p.m. Travelers heading out in the afternoon and early evening should prepare for more congested roadways. Some families may find lighter traffic during the morning and late evening hours on Thanksgiving Day.
|Worst Travel Times||Best Travel Times|
|Wed., Nov. 23||11 a.m. - 8 p.m.||Before 8 a.m.; after 8 p.m.|
|Thanksgiving Day||11 a.m. - 3 p.m.||Before 11 a.m.; after 6 p.m.|
|Fri., Nov. 25||4 p.m. - 8 p.m.||Before 11 a.m.; after 8 p.m.|
|Sat., Nov. 26||4 p.m. - 8 p.m.||Before 2 p.m.; after 8 p.m.|
|Sun. Nov. 27||4 p.m. - 8 p.m.||Before 11 a.m.; after 8 p.m.|
Wisconsin State Patrol are asking drivers to plan ahead for busy roads and eliminate distractions when behind the wheel. Traffic officials also advise travelers that there are several highway projects underway which could have an impact.
Lieutenant Nate Henriksen says these are annual reminders but important ones.
“It’s that time of year where we can expect more vehicles on the roadway with holiday travel, so it’s an important reminder to plan ahead, be patient, and eliminate distractions,” said Henriksen.
He also recommends drivers take breaks if they’re traveling long distances.
“Break up that tunnel vision, get out and stretch to make sure you’re ready and prepared for the road ahead of you,” said Henriksen.
State troopers also say drivers should watch for deer, as there’s an increase in activity in some areas during the nine day gun-deer hunt season.
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