TRIBUNE: Chicago’s biggest holiday traffic jam? Dec. 21, says AAA

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The Chicago Tribune is reporting, “Traveling in the Chicago area next week for the holidays? Then a little advice: The afternoon of Thursday, Dec. 21, is going to be a mess on local highways, AAA is forecasting.

Between 4 and 6 p.m. is expected to be the busiest time — with travel times expected to triple here — thanks to a combination of holiday travelers and post-work commuters flooding the roadways, according to AAA and global transportation analytics company INRIX. This as predictions roll in that holiday travel across the country could set records.

“With record-level (numbers of) travelers hitting the road this holiday, drivers must be prepared for delays in major metros,” said Graham Cookson, chief economist and head of research at INRIX. “Our advice to drivers is to avoid peak times altogether or consider alternative routes.”…”

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