Tennesseans travel home following holiday weekend

11:56 PM, Nov 25, 2012   |    comments
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Millions of Americans packed into planes, trains and automobiles Sunday as they finished their Thanksgiving trips home.

More than 43 million Americans traveled over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to AAA.  The agency expects more than 50 percent of those people who chose to travel to return to their homes either Sunday or Monday.

Traffic backed up around Knoxville highways as those drivers looked to get home.  AAA Spokesperson Don Lindsey said the area's abundance of interstates help make East Tennessee susceptible to traffic congestion.

"The thing about the Knoxville neighborhood is that we have 3 or 4 interstates that essentially come right through town," Lindsey said.

AAA said there were more than 950,000 Tennesseans who chose to drive cars in order to get to their destinations this Thanksgiving; a 1 percent increase over last year.

Despite all of the drivers on the road, Georgia commuter Mike Edwards told 10News Sunday afternoon that his trip from Columbus, Ohio was going smoothly.

"This year, [the traffic is] absolutely fantastic," Edwards said.

McGhee Tyson airport was busy as well.  About 145 flights traveled in and out of East Tennessee from that site Sunday.

       


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