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What to expect for Thanksgiving week travel

Posted at 11:54 AM, Nov 19, 2018
Colorado Traffic
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

COLORADO – Get ready to find slow drives across the entire Front Range as many people hit the road for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

According to AAA Colorado, roughly 930,000 Coloradans are going to be traveling more than 50-miles or more for the holiday. That’s a seven percent increase over last year. It’s the highest number of travelers since 2005.

AAA Colorado says roughly 810,000 people are traveling by car. 60,000 people will be traveling by air. Trains, buses and even cruise ships will pick up the rest.

It’s going to be a rough traffic week in Colorado. INRIX analysis of historical data show the following spots will be the worst.

Southbound I-25 at Greenland Road (Exit 167)
Northbound I-25 at 84th Avenue (Exit 219)
Southbound I-25 at US-285/Hampden (Exit 201)
Southbound I-25 at Spruce Mountain Road (Exit 173)
Eastbound I-70 at Havana Street (Exit 280)
Westbound CO-470 at Platte Canyon Road
Southbound I-225 at I-25 (Exit 1)
Northbound I-25 at Plum Creek Parkway (Exit 181)

In most cases, the best days to travel will be Thanksgiving Day, Friday or Saturday. Drivers should expect increased travel times on Sunday as most holiday travelers will be making their way home after the long weekend.

As far as flights go, Tuesday and Wednesday are the busiest days to travel. Arrive at the airport earlier than normal and expect long security wait lines.

For flight information at the Colorado Springs Airport Click Here.

For flight information out of Denver International Airport Click Here.