Travel times are expected to be at their worst between until 4 p.m. Wednesday. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Expect a smooth ride home heading into Thanksgiving Day

Traffic heading into Thanksgiving shouldn't be as bad as expected Wednesday evening. 

By about 6 p.m., parts of the interstate were moving smoothly with few delays reported. 

Drivers first saw delays about 11 a.m. along the Downtown Connector, and I-75 in both directions. 

By the after work commute, traffic along the Downtown Connector was gridlocked. At 4 p.m. Eastbound lanes along I-285 near Moreland Avenue were at a standstill after a rollover crash.

Delays were also reported along I-20 near the Lee Road exit. 

Drivers were urged to stay off the road from 11 a.m. to  4 p.m., when travel times are expected to be at their worst, according to transportation app Waze.

The Georgia Department of Transportation, which suspended construction-related lane closures from 5 a.m. Wednesday to 10 p.m. Sunday, recently partnered with Waze to provide real-time crash reports.

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An estimated 48.7 million Americans are expected to travel during the season. Much of the traffic could clear out just before Thursday.

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“There shouldn’t be too many people on the roads because some have already left,” GDOT spokesman Drew Belk said. “It shouldn’t be too crazy during the (holiday).”

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Thursday, Friday and Saturday are expected to be good travel days. Drivers should expect noon to 7 p.m. Sunday to be the worst time to head back home.

The app recommends Monday as a day for travel.

Remember to check drive times online at GDOT’s website:

» For updated traffic information, listen to News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB and follow @ajcwsbtraffic on Twitter.

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