Thanksgiving holiday traffic volumes to rebound this year, according to AAA

AAA predicts 2.2 million Ohioans will travel for the holiday.

I-75 at Wales Road. (OHGO)

TOLEDO, Ohio — AAA is predicting the highest single-year increase in Thanksgiving travel since 2005, with nearly 2.2 million Ohioans traveling between Wednesday, November 24 and Sunday November 28. Nearly 90% will driving to their destinations, which will create congested roadways, especially Wednesday and Sunday afternoon and evening.

During the busy holiday travel period, AAA expects to respond to more than 400,000 roadside assistance calls. To avoid breakdowns, travelers should ensure their vehicles are road trip ready.

Due to the holiday traffic, the Ohio Department of Transportation will suspend roadwork and open as many lanes as possible. However, work zones on I-75 in Toledo, Dayton, and Cincinnati, I-70 in Springfield and Zanesville, I-70/71 in downtown Columbus, and I-76 and I-77 in Akron are among those where drivers could encounter delays.

Drivers should pay extra attention while driving through work zones and allow additional time to reach their destination. A map of all active work zones, updated traffic conditions, and nearly 1,000 live traffic cameras is available at or on the OHGO app.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol reminds motorists to buckle up, never drive impaired and always follow traffic laws. Last year during the Thanksgiving holiday reporting period, there were 11 fatal crashes on Ohio roadways. Five of those fatalities were the result of impaired driving and four were unbuckled when a seatbelt was available. Troopers will have an increased presence on Ohio’s roadways to promote a safe Thanksgiving holiday.