COLORADO — This Thanksgiving week is expected to bring with record travel numbers for Colorado, according to a report released by the American Automobile Association (AAA).
AAA estimates 960,000 Coloradans will be flying, driving, or taking trains to their holiday destinations. Of those, the majority are expected on the roads with 834,000 traveling.
The association says today will be the peak travel time for this week "with drives taking up to four times longer in some areas."
Here are the areas anticipated to have congestion, according to AAA:
- I-25 SB at the Greenland Exit (Exit 167)
- I-25 NB at 84th Avenue (Exit 219)
- I-25 SB at US-285 (Exit 201)
- CO-2 SB at I-25
- I-25 SB at Spruce Mountain Road (Exit 173)
- CO-121 NB at W. 64th Avenue
- I-70 AB at Havana Street (Exit 280)
- CO-470 WB at Platte Canyon Road
- I-225 SB at I-25 (Exit 1)
- I-25 NB at Plum Creek Parkway (Exit 181)
In Colorado Springs, some of the major roadways such as Powers Boulevard and Academy Boulevard have the impact for trouble spots for drivers with high traffic and icy conditions from Tuesday's storm.
Side streets will also be a big concern in the northern parts of the city.
AAA recommends traveling on Thanksgiving Day, Friday or Saturday to avoid high amounts of traffic.
Roads are icy after the storm, so be sure to drive carefully and slowly. Plan ahead and check to see if the roads you're traveling on have traction or chain laws in effect.
Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to travel and leave room between yourself and other vehicles.