New England roads will see more Thanksgiving travelers than any other region in the country this year, with the traffic crush expected to be at its worst Wednesday.
AAA estimates a 9.6 percent increase from 2008 in the number of New Englanders who will drive 50 miles or more.
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“It’s one of busiest travel days of the year, no doubt,” said Mary Maguire, AAA Southern New England spokesperson.
Jeff Larson of SmartRoute Systems, which studies Boston-area travel patterns, says the area highways will start to get nasty around 1 p.m., but were busier than normal Tuesday.
“The escape has begun today,” Larson said Tuesday. “We’ve seen that Tuesday is just as heavy as Wednesday in last couple of years.”
After a reduced number of toll collectors caused a road-rage inducing traffic jam this Easter, state highway officials have ensured that all interchanges will be fully staffed.