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Best, and Worst Times to Travel This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is only a few days away and reports are saying that this Thanksgiving holiday will be a record breaker as far as highway travel is concerned.

I-5 can be a real bear with tons of traffic and plenty of short tempers. Here are a few tips to help make the voyage less stressful:

Getting There:

  • The absolute worst time to get on the road is the day before Thanksgiving (Wednesday, November 23) and if you leave in mid-afternoon (3 p.m.) you definitely won’t be a happy camper once you get there.
  • If you have no choice but to leave on Wednesday, make it as early as possible. Start you trip no later than 6 a.m. to avoid traffic delays.
  • The Sunday before Thanksgiving (November 20) is the best day to leave for your Thanksgiving road trip, the earlier, the better.
  • Thanksgiving morning is also a good time to leave, the earlier , the better.

Returning Home:

  • The day after Thanksgiving (Friday, November 25) before 6 a.m. is the best day and time to return from your Thanksgiving trip.
  • Saturday and Sunday (November 26 and 27) late afternoon are the worst days and times to return from your Thanksgiving road trip. Avoid being on the road between 11 a.m and 6 p.m. Traffic will be heavy during those times.
  • If you have no choice but to leave on Saturday, try leaving as early as possible (before 6 a.m.) to avoid traffic delays.

Depending on where you’re heading, and how long the trip will be, you might be able to schedule the time when you are on the road to at avoid the worst of it.

Adjust your schedule or route and consider these options:

  • Take a bypass route around large cities
  • Tune to a radio station and monitor the traffic reports
  • If you have mobile access, Use live-traffic-reports.com to monitor traffic
  • Stop at a rest area if headed in heavy traffic and wait until the worst of it has subsided
  • Avoid shopping districts (Black Friday is usually gridlocked around major shopping areas)

Drive responsibly and have a safe trip!


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Nearly 49 Million Americans Will Travel This Thanksgiving

The American Automobile Association (AAA) projects that 48.7 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving, an increase of one million travelers compared with last year. This represents a 1.9 percent increase over 2015, and the most Thanksgiving travelers since 2007. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 23, to Sunday, Nov. 27.

“One million more Americans than last year will carve out time to visit with friends and family this Thanksgiving,” AAA President and CEO Marshall Doney said. “Most will travel on the tried and true holiday road trip, thanks to gas prices that are holding at close to $2 per gallon. Others will fly, take the bus or set off on a cruise to celebrate with their loved ones.”

Driving remains most popular mode of travel for Thanksgiving
The vast majority—more than 89 percent—of holiday travelers will drive this Thanksgiving. The 43.5 million Americans planning a Thanksgiving road trip represents an increase of 1.9 percent over last year. Air travel is expected to increase 1.6 percent, with 3.69 million Americans flying to their holiday destinations. Travel by other modes of transportation, including cruises, trains and buses, will increase only slightly this Thanksgiving, to 1.44 million travelers.

Thanksgiving gas prices second-cheapest in nearly a decade
Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.17, 12 cents more than the average price on Thanksgiving last year ($2.05). Most U.S. drivers will pay the second-cheapest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2008, when the national average was $1.85.


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Lane Closures, Speed Reductions on I-5 in Washington This Week

The Washington State Department of Transportation reports that construction on I-5 (between milepost 79.81 and 84.15, will result in lane closures beginning Monday, June 6:

  • Monday, June 6 to the morning of Thursday, June 9:
    A single-lane in either direction of I-5 between Mellen Street and Harrison Avenue may close intermittently, nightly from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for grinding, paving and guardrail work.
  • Thursday, June 9 to the morning of Friday, June 10: A single-lane in either direction of I-5 between Mellen Street and Harrison Avenue may close intermittently, nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. for grinding, paving and guardrail work.
  • Friday, June 10 to the morning of Saturday, June 11: A single-lane in either direction of I-5 between Mellen Street and Harrison Avenue may close intermittently, nightly, from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m., for grinding, paving and guardrail work.

NOTE: All work is weather dependent.


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Washington I-5 Road Construction, Lane and Ramp Closures This Week

The following Washington State Department of Transportation construction and maintenance projects are expected to have some travel impacts on Interstate 5. Drivers are encouraged to use caution when traveling in these areas and remember to ” give ’em a brake ” in construction zones.

Daytime traffic impacts typically take place between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., and nighttime impacts between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Times may vary based on weather and other (construction-related) variables.

Lewis County

I-5, Mellen Street to Blakeslee Junction – Stage 2
Mileposts: 79.81 to 84.15

  • Tuesday, May 31 to the morning of Thursday, June 2: A single-lane in either direction of I-5 between Mellen Street and Harrison Avenue may close intermittently, nightly from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for grinding, paving and guardrail work.
  • Thursday, June 2 to the morning of Friday, June 3: A single-lane in either direction of I-5 between Mellen Street and Harrison Avenue may close intermittently, nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. for grinding, paving and guardrail work.
  • Friday, June 3 to the morning of Saturday, June 4: A single-lane in either direction of I-5 between Mellen Street and Harrison Avenue may close intermittently, nightly, from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m., for grinding, paving and guardrail work.
  • NOTE: All work is weather dependent.

Snohomish County

I-5: Union, Steamboat, and Ebey Slough Bridges – Special Bridge Repair
Mileposts: 197.09 – 199.00

  • Until further notice – Northbound I-5 before SR 528 is reduced to three narrower lanes with a speed limit of 45 mph for expansion joint replacement work.
  • Tuesday, May 31, to the morning of Friday, June 3 – Up to two right lanes of southbound I-5 after SR 528 will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for expansion joint replacement work.
  • Tuesday, May 31, to the morning of Friday, June 3 – The SR 528 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for expansion joint replacement work. A signed detour will be in place.
  • **DRIVER ALERT**Friday, June 3, to the morning of Monday, June 6 – Northbound I-5 before SR 528 will be reduced to two narrower lanes with a speed limit of 45 mph from 9:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for expansion joint replacement work. Traffic may be reduced to one lane overnight Friday and overnight Sunday.

King County

I-5: SB S 320th St to Duwamish River Bridge – Concrete Pavement Rehab
Mileposts: 142.76 – 156.71

  • Tuesday, May 31, to Friday, June 3 – Up to four lanes of southbound I-5 from SR 516/Kent Des Moines Road to South 336th Street will be closed nightly for pavement repair work beginning with left one lane at 8 p.m. All lanes will reopen by noon.
  • Tuesday, May 31, to Friday, June 3 – Up to three right lanes of southbound I-5 from Interurban Avenue South to Klickitat Drive will be closed nightly for concrete panel replacement work beginning with right one lane at 8 p.m. All lanes will reopen by noon.
  • Friday, June 3, to Saturday, June 4 – Up to four lanes of southbound I-5 from SR 516/Kent Des Moines Road to South 320th Street may be closed for pavement repair work beginning with left one lane at 8 p.m. All lanes will reopen by noon.
  • Friday, June 3, to Saturday, June 4 – Up to three right lanes of southbound I-5 from Interurban Avenue South to Klickitat Drive will be closed for concrete panel replacement work beginning with right one lane at 8 p.m. All lanes will reopen by noon.

I-5: Tukwila Archie Condiga Bridge Repair Work
Milepost: 156.48

  • Until further notice – A single lane of South 129th Street at I-5 is closed around the clock for bridge repair work. Signals will alternate traffic through the open lane.

I-5: Seattle Bridge Inspection Work
Milepost: 177.88

  • Tuesday, June 14 – One lane of the northbound I-5 express lanes off-ramp to Northeast 103rd Street/1st Avenue Northeast will be closed from 1 to 2 p.m. for bridge inspection work.

Pierce County

I-5 – M Street to Portland Avenue – HOV & I-5 – Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road – Northbound HOV
These two projects lay the foundation for new HOV lanes on I-5 in Tacoma and northbound into Fife.
I-5 near the Tacoma Dome between M St. to Portland Ave. from milepost 132.8 to 135.2, and northbound I-5 between East Portland Avenue and Port of Tacoma Road.
EXPECT: See below.

  • Tuesday, May 31
    All lanes of northbound I-5 near South 38th Street will be routed onto the northbound I-5 collector/distributor and detoured via either SR 7 or I-705 from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning.
  • Saturday, June 4
    All lanes of northbound I-5 near South 38th Street will be routed onto the northbound I-5 collector/distributor and detoured via either SR 7 or I-705 from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Drivers can expect additional weeknight single- and double-lane closures in both directions of I-5 between M Street and Port of Tacoma Road.
  • Tuesday, May 31
    East 28th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. each following morning
    Southbound SR 167 (River Road) on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning.
  • Wednesday, June 1
    East 28th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. each following morning
    Southbound SR 167 (River Road) on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning.
    Southbound I-5 exit to westbound State Route 16/South 38th Street will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. Drivers will detour via the I-5/South 56th Street interchange.
  • Thursday, June 2
    East 28th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. each following morning
    Southbound SR 167 (River Road) on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning.
    Southbound I-5 exit to westbound SR 16/South 38th Street will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. Drivers will detour via the I-5/South 56th Street interchange.
  • Friday, June 3
    East 28th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. each following morning.
    Southbound SR 167 (River Road) on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning.
  • Long-term ramp closures
    Northbound SR 7 on-ramp to southbound I-5 into winter 2017.
    A Street on-ramp to northbound I-5/southbound SR 7 through project completion.

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Construction on Washington I-5 HOV Lanes Mean Lane Closures

The Washington State Department of Transportation reports that two projects, I-5 – M Street to Portland Avenue – HOV & I-5 – Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road – Northbound HOV, will result in lane closures this week.

These two projects lay the foundation for new HOV lanes on I-5 in Tacoma and northbound into Fife.  These projects are located on Interstate 5 near the Tacoma Dome between M St. to Portland Ave. from milepost 132.8 to 135.2, and northbound I-5 between East Portland Avenue and Port of Tacoma Road.

Lane closures
Drivers can also anticipate night single- and double-lane closures on both northbound and southbound I-5 between L Street and the Port of Tacoma Road throughout the week.

Monday, March 28

  • Northbound Interstate 5 collector-distributor exit to northbound Interstate 705 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to southbound State Route 7 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
  • Northbound SR 7 exit to northbound I-705 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.

Tuesday, March 29

  • Northbound I-5 collector-distributor exit to northbound I-705 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to southbound SR 7 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
  • Northbound SR 7 exit to northbound I-705 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.

Wednesday, March 30

  • Northbound I-5 collector-distributor exit to northbound I-705 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
  • Southbound I-705 on-ramps to northbound I-5 and southbound SR 7 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.

Thursday, March 31

  • Southbound I-705 on-ramps to northbound I-5 and southbound SR 7 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.

Extended ramp closure
Pacific Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will remain closed until mid-April.

Long-term ramp closures

Northbound SR 7 on-ramp to southbound I-5 into winter 2017.
A Street on-ramp to northbound I-5/southbound SR 7 through project completion.


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California’s I-5/Ortega Highway Interchange Project – No Closures During Thanksgiving Holiday

In observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday, there will be no regularly scheduled nighttime closures Wednesday, November 26 through Sunday, November 30. Regularly scheduled nighttime closures will resume Monday, December 1.

Crews paved Ortega Highway between Del Obispo Street and the bridge at I-5 on Friday, Nov. 21. This portion of the roadway has been closed since Monday, November 3. Work is expected to be completed and the road opened to traffic before Thanksgiving.

Regularly scheduled nighttime closure(s) from Sunday, November 23 to Tuesday, November 25, include:

Ortega Highway Ramp Closures

– Southbound I-5 on-ramp: Closed (Scheduled to open Tuesday)

– Southbound I-5 off-ramp: Sunday to Tuesday from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

– Northbound I-5 on-ramp: Sunday to Tuesday from 11: 59 p.m. to 5 a.m.

– Northbound I-5 off-ramp: Sunday to Tuesday from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

I-5 Freeway & Ortega Highway Lane Reductions

– Northbound I-5 between Camino Capistrano and Junipero Serra Road: Sunday to Tuesday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

– Southbound I-5 between Junipero Serra Road and Camino Capistrano: Sunday to Tuesday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

DISCLAIMER: Please be advised, these dates and times are subject to change due to unforeseen operational factors or inclement weather.

Neighboring Projects

I-5 South County Improvement Project – Avenida Pico to San Juan Creek Road

Construction is underway on the I-5 South County Improvement project. The 5.7-mile project will add a carpool lane in both directions on the I-5 freeway between Avenida Pico and San Juan Creek Road.

I-5 Ocean View Rehab Project

The Ocean View Rehab Project kicked off construction in October in San Diego County. The $37.3 million project will replace the damaged concrete pavement slabs of the slow lane in each direction of the I-5 freeway between Oceanside and the San Diego / Orange County Line. Motorists should expect delays during work hours.

 

AAA Says 46.9 Million Americans Traveling for Thanksgiving Holiday 2015

AAA Travel forecasts 46.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday, a 0.6 percent increase over the 46.6 million people who traveled last year and the most since 2007. With 300,000 additional holiday travelers, this marks the seventh consecutive year of growth for Thanksgiving travel. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, November 25 to Sunday, November 29.

“This Thanksgiving, more Americans will carve out time to visit friends and family since 2007,” said Marshall Doney, AAA President and CEO. “While many people remain cautious about the economy and their finances, many thankful Americans continue to put a premium on traveling to spend the holiday with loved ones.”

Despite improvements in the economy, including steady wage growth, rising disposable income and a falling unemployment rate, consumers remain cautious about their finances. However, gas prices remain well below 2014 levels, providing an early holiday bonus to the more than 89 percent of holiday travelers who will drive to their destinations.

“One holiday gift has come early this year. Americans will likely pay the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2008. Lower prices are helping boost disposable income, and enabling families to kick off the holiday season with a Thanksgiving getaway,” continued Doney.

Driving remains most popular mode of travel for Thanksgiving

Nearly 42 million Americans will take a holiday road trip this Thanksgiving, an increase of 0.7 percent over last year. Air travel is expected to increase by 0.1 percent, with 3.6 million Americans flying to their holiday destinations. Travel by other modes of transportation, including cruises, trains and buses, will decrease 1.4 percent this Thanksgiving, to 1.4 million travelers.

Lowest Thanksgiving gas prices in seven years expected

Drivers nationwide continue to experience significant yearly savings in the price of gas and AAA estimates that consumers are saving nearly $265 million on gasoline every day compared to a year ago. This has helped boost disposable income, enabling many Americans to travel this Thanksgiving. Most U.S. drivers will pay the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2008. Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.15, 65 cents less than the average price on Thanksgiving last year ($2.80).


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