These are the worst times for Thanksgiving travel in metro Detroit

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Posted at 6:36 AM, Nov 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-27 07:35:50-05

(WXYZ) — More than 1.7 Michiganders are expected to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday this year, AAA Michigan reports.

AAA says this will be the second-highest Thanksgiving travel volume since it began tracking in 2000, trailing the record set in 2005.

The majority of holiday travelers will drive to their destinations and Wednesday afternoon is expected to be the worst travel period nationally, with trips taking as much as four times longer than normal.

In Detroit specifically, the worst time to travel will be on Wednesday from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. It will take about two and a half times longer than usual.

“With record levels of travelers, and persistent population growth in the country’s major metropolitan areas, drivers must prepare for major delays,” said Trevor Reed, transportation analyst at INRIX, a global transportation analytics company. “Although travel times will peak on Wednesday afternoon nationally, travelers should expect much heavier than normal congestion throughout the week.”