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If You're Traveling for Thanksgiving This Chicago Road Will Be Busiest

Expect holidays traffic to be bad this Thanksgiving and one study has narrowed it down to the exact highway that will be busiest during an exact time!

The worst traffic is expected on Wednesday heading into the holiday weekend, as commuters leave work early to hit the road and mix with holiday travelers.

According to AAA, peak congestion is expected in the Chicago area on I-294 West from Morgan Street to Wolfe Road on Wednesday, Nov. 24, between 2:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.

At that time, traffic is predicted to be 329 percent over normal.

If you want to know when to travel:

Best Times for Road Travel on Thanksgiving Week

According to AAA and INRIX, the best times for road travel are:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 24:After 9 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 25:Before 11 a.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 26:Before 11 a.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 27:Before 12 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 28:Before 12 p.m.

Worst Times for Road Travel on Thanksgiving Week

  • Wednesday, Nov. 24:12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 25:12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 26:1 p.m,. - 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 27:2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 28:1 p.m. - 7 p.m.

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