Nearly 43 million Americans are expected to travel this Memorial Day weekend, a 3.6% increase from last year, according to the American Automobile Association.
In Georgia, AJC’s Kelly Yamanouchi reported, nearly 1.3 million people are expected to make a sweet escape.
According to global transportation analytics company INRIX, 37.6 million folks will be driving to their weekend getaway destinations—the most on record for the holiday.
On average, according to INRIX, “travel delays on major roads could be more than three times longer than normal during evening commutes.”
Congestion is highest on Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24 in the late afternoon.
The worst day for travel in Atlanta was Thursday between 4:30-6:30 p.m., so if you missed the window, good for you!
But according to INRIX analyst Trevor Reed, travelers should anticipate delays through Memorial Day. “Our advice to drivers is to avoid the morning and evening commuting times or plan alternate routes,” he said in an AAA news release.
As for all you air travelers, Hartsfield-Jackson International officials are warning folks to plan ahead for traffic and long lines at the world’s busiest airport. Officials told Yamanouchi nearly 2 million passengers are expected at the airport between Thursday and Tuesday, with Thursday, Friday and Monday bringing the heaviest crowds.
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