AAA, MassDOT warn drivers of heavy traffic returning from Thanksgiving destinations


As the Thanksgiving holiday winds down, people are returning home from their destinations.

Millions of people across the nation will be traveling by planes, trains and automobiles as they return home from their holiday destinations.

Of the millions of people traveling home this weekend, most will be taking the roads. According to AAA, about 90% of Thanksgiving travelers drove to their destinations.

According to AAA, 48.5-million Americans were expected to hit the road this weekend. Some covering more ground than others.

22News spoke with one family who stopped at The Ludlow Plaza on the Mass Pike on their way home to Portland, Maine. Kurt Eckhart told 22News, “We’re road warriors. We leave Portland, drive down to Maryland, we have Thanksgiving down there, which was great. Our son is a freshman at Hobart College, so to get home we have to stop in Geneva New York and then make it all the way back up to Portland.”

Here in Massachusetts, Bentley University student Daniel Sausto said he had a rough time driving through Boston on his way to spend Thanksgiving with his family in Albany, NY. He told 22News. “Leaving Boston’s the worst, always so much traffic. We sat bumper to bumper, took about four and a half hours to get to Albany from Boston and we left Wednesday.”

Though he may have had a hard time leaving Boston, Daniel and many other commuters told 22News it was much easier ride coming back home. He said, “The drive home is a little bit better. We also left a little bit earlier, so we’re a little ahead of the curve. No issues, no accidents no nothing, smooth sailing.”

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