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Highways to See Heavy Traffic Ahead of Thanksgiving

AAA says more than 48 million Americans will be driving or flying somewhere for the holiday, about a million more than last year

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    Thousands of people began their Thanksgiving traveling on Tuesday, bringing congestion to New England highways. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016)

    Thanksgiving travel is expected to be up this year, especially in Massachusetts, returning to levels Americans saw before the recession in 2008.

    AAA says more than 48 million Americans will be driving or flying somewhere for the holiday, about a million more than last year.

    By Tuesday night, the traffic had increased by drivers fro the most part said they were trying to deal with it.

    "It’s a little congested but for the most part we're making the best of it," said driver, Raysean Cox. "Everybody is last minute shopping, preparing for their family time so I'm dealing with it the best I can."

    Gearing Up For Thanksgiving Travel

    [NECN] Gearing Up For Thanksgiving Travel
    The holiday getaway is under way with more than 48 million Americans expected to travel 50 miles or more for Thanksgiving. Many people have already decided to head for the airport and hit the highways around New England. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016)

     

     

    The Massachusetts Turnpike is expected to be a busy place, where traffic will start building Tuesday night and into Wednesday as people look to get away.

    Heavy Traffic Expected on Mass. Highways for Thanksgiving

    [NECN] Heavy Traffic Expected on Mass. Highways for Thanksgiving
    Thanksgiving travel is expected to be up this year, especially in Massachusetts, returning to levels we saw before the recession in 2008. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016)

    "I'd say it’s a headache when you're stuck in traffic," said one man who stopped to get gas on the Massachusetts Turnpike. "It's never a fun time but it's the holidays. What can you do?"

    Motorists are being urged to take advantage of real-time travel tools during their trips. They’re also being reminded to be careful on those sections of the Turnpike where the removal of tolls continues. 

    Here are some travel tips from state police: 

    - Leave extra time to get to your final destination. 

    - Plan breaks if you're traveling long distances. 

    - Be prepared if your vehicle becomes disabled. 

    - Don't drink and drive. 

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