VDOT: Peak Traffic for Thanksgiving Travel Underway in Central Va.

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Traffic on Route 29 in Albemarle County Traffic on Route 29 in Albemarle County
Traffic on Interstate 64 in Albemarle County Traffic on Interstate 64 in Albemarle County
Stacy Londrey Stacy Londrey

The Thanksgiving holiday rush home is underway all across central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) tracks the holiday travel trends, and even has an interactive map where you can check how heavy traffic is expected to get.

VDOT expects moderate congestion on Route 29 in both directions between Charlottesville and Greene County from noon until about 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 23.

The department says it saw a rush of traffic Tuesday night heading toward Northern Virginia.

“We're certainly expecting peak traffic. We see that really on Wednesday afternoon and evening, and again on Sunday. Motorists really need to think about their travel plans, and if they're able to avoid those times that's great to do. If not, leave plenty of time for your travel. Don't be in a hurry,” says Stacy Londrey with VDOT.

Meanwhile, AAA Mid-Atlantic estimates 1.3 million Virginians will drive more than 50 miles from home between Wednesday and Sunday. That's the most since 2007.

VDOT Safety Service Patrols will have extended hours on Interstate 64, as well as on I-81, through the weekend. Those patrols are there to help with things like flat tires or if you run out of gas. Dial #77 to contact them.

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