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What to know for Thanksgiving and deer hunting travel

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(WLUK) -- Whether by plane, train or automobile, more than a million Wisconsinites are expected to travel this Thanksgiving.

AAA Wisconsin says the predicted 1.056 million people who will travel at least 50 miles from home is a 3.4-percent bump over last year. Of those, more than 945,000 are expected to travel on state roads, a 3.3-percent increase from last year. That's in spite of gas prices that AAA expects to be the highest since Thanksgiving 2014.

Peak traffic hours on Wisconsin highways are expected to be between noon and 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 26, the state Department of Transportation says. Both the Thanksgiving holiday and the gun deer hunting season will contribute to the heavy traffic.


For the latest road conditions, visit the 511 Wisconsin website, Twitter account or mobile apps available for iPhone and Android. If you use these services while traveling, have a passenger check or pull off the road.

Meanwhile, a record number of Wisconsinites are expected to travel by air this Thanksgiving. AAA Wisconsin forecasts more than 82,000 people to head to their Thanksgiving destination by plane, a 6 percent increase over last year.

Nearly 29,000 people from Wisconsin are expected to travel by other means, such as trains, buses and cruises.

Nationwide, AAA says 50.9 million people are expected to travel, an increase of 3.2 percent over last year and the largest number since 2005.

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