Commuter Dude: Times and places where holiday travel in Atlanta will be at its worst

If you're driving to your Thanksgiving meal this year, it's best to avoid driving on Wednesday, and there are hot spots where congestion will be unbearable.

ATLANTA  -- The holiday travel season is here, and there are times and places you’ll want to avoid during your turkey day drive.

Many Thanksgiving travelers will leave Tuesday. According to information gathered by WAZE, traffic in metro Atlanta will begin to build at around noon on Tuesday, and stay heavy until around 4pm.

The holiday congestion will get a lot worse the day before Thanksgiving.

Wednesday traffic is expected to build beginning around 11 a.m. in metro Atlanta, and last until around 4pm. The peak hour is typically 3 p.m., with traffic around 60% higher than normal.

Data provided to 11Alive by GDOT shows the heaviest congestion is typically on I-75 southbound on the south side of the metro area. Traffic in that area traditionally starts to build at around 11:30 when travel slows to below 30 m.p.h., and stays that way until 6:15 p.m.

Another area to avoid is the downtown connector, where southbound traffic begins to slow at around 2:15 p.m. The peak hour for travel is usually 5 p.m., when the average speed the Wednesday before Thanksgiving slows to 17 m.p.h.

The return trip home is hardest on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. According to WAZE, Sunday traffic in metro Atlanta is congested from noon until 7 p.m. During that time, according to WAZE, the chances of getting into an accident increases 73%.



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