Roads are expected to be busy this holiday weekend

November 22, 2021–7:10 p.m.

GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Based on travel volume data following Labor Day Weekend 2021, it is predicted that Thanksgiving travel volumes will return to pre-pandemic levels this year. If you do need to travel this holiday, please keep in mind the following Thanksgiving travel forecast for metro Atlanta interstates: 

  • Heavy congestion on Friday, November 19, prior to typical Thanksgiving travel days
  • Heaviest traffic and congestion on Wednesday, November 24 between the hours of 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Light traffic beginning Thursday, November 25 until Saturday, November 27

Additionally, historical Thanksgiving travel data from 2019 and 2020 for major interstates outside of metro Atlanta have shown the following trends starting from the afternoon of Wednesday, November 24 to the early evening of Sunday, November 28:  

  • I-20 eastbound congestion on Wednesday, November 24 heading into metro Atlanta; westbound congestion Sunday, November 28 heading out of the city towards Alabama. 
  • I-24 is expected to have eastbound congestion
  • I-75 is predicted to have heavy congestion southbound and northbound coming out of Atlanta in Stockbridge. 
  • I-85 congestion near the South Carolina and Alabama borders
  • I-95 northbound congestion in Savannah.

If you find yourself needing to travel during the week of Thanksgiving, keep the below tips in mind before hitting the road. 

  • The best time for travel is in the morning, before 10 am. 
  • Traffic volumes begin to increase in the afternoon after 12 pm, when drivers are departing work early or finishing last-minute shopping lists. 
  • If traveling in or around metro Atlanta on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 24, plan to add 30-45 minutes to your travel time due to increased congestion. 

For up-to-date information about travel conditions on Georgia’s interstates and state routes, call 511 or visit www.511ga.org before heading out. 511 is a free service that provides real-time statewide information on Georgia’s interstates and state routes, including traffic conditions, incidents, lane closures and delays due to inclement weather 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Callers can also transfer to operators to request HERO assistance in metro Atlanta or CHAMP service 

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