November 21, 2006
Nearly one million Virginians are expected to hit the road for the holiday season making tomorrow one of the busiest travel days of the year.
"Traffic has been heavy but steady and moving. The roads are OK," said Richard Metz from Savannah, Georgia.
Metz is one of the nearly 32 million drivers nationwide expected to hit the roadways this holiday season. Metz is traveling tonight hoping to avoid the expected delays that the day before the Thanksgiving normally brings.
"Once noon comes along, people start leaving work early, they really start getting on the road and traffic will really ramp up to be pretty heavy during the day on Wednesday and into the evening," Lou Hatter from VDOT.
Nearly one million drivers are expected to hit Virginia roadways, up nearly two percent from just last year. In anticipation of heavy traffic, VDOT is lifting most construction zones statewide and encouraging drivers to use the 511 service.
"If people are aware of construction zones, aware of congested areas and they can steer clear of them, obviously they will not contribute to the congestion. We also hope it will eliminate the frustration of traveling," Hatter said.
It's a frustration that Richard Metz is hoping to avoid by traveling one day early and at his own pace.
"I want to make it without falling asleep at the wheel and ending up on the side of the street or something. I am taking my time and doing it in two days," he said.
As far as the trip home, VDOT says that is a little harder to predict. Because people travel home between Friday and Sunday, the volumes are not quite as intense as tomorrow. However, Sunday is the heaviest of those delays so expect delays.