WASHINGTON - Thanksgiving is still a few days away but if you're hitting the roads on Tuesday don't forget to pack your patience. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the Tuesday before Thanksgiving is expected to be the busiest travel day of the holiday period on the roads.
"Historically, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and the Sunday after the holiday, were the worst days to travel during the busy holiday period," said AAA's John Townsend. "Now it is shifting, as everyone tries to get a head-start on the holiday, and a jump on millions of other holiday travelers heading for the exits." Townsend said that while the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is still the busiest day to fly, Tuesday has become the worst day and time to hit the highways during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Townsend says over a million drivers living in and around Washington, D.C. are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home during the extended Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Drivers on the Inner Loop of the Capital Beltway on Tuesday between 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. will likely encounter the heaviest traffic of the holiday period.
Capital Beltway Counter clockwise
Capital Beltway Clockwise
I-95 S @ US-17/US-1/EXIT 126
MD-295 N @ I-195
I-95 S @ VA-234/EXIT 152
I-495 CW @ MD-337/ALLENTOWN RD/EXIT 9
MD-295 N @ MD-100
I-270 N @ MD-85/EXIT 31
I-270 N @ MD-80/EXIT 26
I-95 N @ MD-100/EXIT 43
I-95 N @ VA-123/EXIT 160
I-495 CW @ MD-414/ST BARNABAS RD/EXIT 4
I-495 CW @ AMERICAN LEGION BRIDGE
I-495 CCW @ GREENBELT METRO DR/EXIT 24
DC-295 N @ EASTERN AVE
I-495 CW @ MD-4/PENNSYLVANIA AVE/EXIT 11
I-495 CCW @ US-50/EXIT 19