Some of the worst holiday traffic in US expected on I-80 Wednesday

Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, is often one of the busiest travel days of the year.

AAA is expecting an 8% increase in air travel and a slight increase in road travel this Thanksgiving week in comparison to last year. That puts us at 98% of pre-pandemic levels.

The section of Interstate 80 near Berkeley is expected to be one of the busiest traveled roads in the country on Wednesday afternoon.

The section of I-80 near Berkeley is expected to see up to an 80% increase from typical traffic Wednesday afternoon.

“Specifically tried to get out before that and be home these next few days and avoid traveling then,” said Trent Francis who lives in the Lake Tahoe area but is traveling home to Marin County.

I-80 from where the Bay Bridge touches down in the East Bay to San Pablo Dam Road will likely see an 80% increase from typical traffic from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to AAA.

“I had classes yesterday but nothing important today so I was able to leave a day early which was definitely nice cause I know tomorrow is going to be busy,” said Eric Wasserman who left Eugene, Oregon Tuesday morning. He’s also headed to Marin County.

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