Near-record Thanksgiving travel means busy
AAA predicting 2.3
million Ohioans will travel
November 26, 2019) - Nearly 2.3 million Ohioans plan to travel more
than 50 miles from home for the Thanksgiving holiday, according to AAA. This is
the highest number since 2005.
AAA predicts 89 percent
of Ohio travelers will drive to their destinations, which means you can expect
crowded roadways. According to Ohio Department of Transportation traffic count
data, the peak travel time last Thanksgiving was between 3-4 p.m. on Wednesday.
Overall, ODOT expects a 63 percent increase in traffic during the Thanksgiving
holiday weekend, making it the busiest holiday travel period of the year on
“This holiday, we want
to see all Ohioans safely get to their destinations, and enjoy time with
friends and family,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “I’d like to encourage drivers
to exercise caution when driving through congested areas, and any inclement
With the extra traffic,
ODOT will suspend roadwork and open as many lanes as possible. However, it's
not possible to remove all orange barrels. Drivers should pay extra attention
while driving through work zones and allow additional time to reach your
destination. Check OHGO.com
for information about work zones.
You can also find travel alerts
and access more than 700 live traffic cameras.
should be a time of gathering with family and friends. We'll do all we can to
make sure everyone arrives safely," said ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks.
"That's why we want to see everyone obeying the speed limit, buckling up,
and paying attention on the road. If you plan to drink, please let someone else
do the driving."
To promote safe driving habits, ODOT is
running several safety messages on more than 130 digital signs across the
state. These messages include some submitted by the
"These lighthearted messages carry
a very real and serious purpose," said Director Marchbanks. "Our hope
is that they will spark a conversation about safe driving and encourage
travelers to make good choices on the road."
According to the Ohio State
Highway Patrol, seven people were killed in seven deadly crashes
during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend last year. Two of those fatalities were
the result of an impaired driver and three were unbuckled. Troopers will have
an increased presence on Ohio’s roadways to promote a safe Thanksgiving
holiday. If you need assistance or see an unsafe driver, call OSHP by dialing