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Managing the holiday travel rush

MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW)--Whether you are traveling over the river or through the woods to get to that Thanksgiving meal, you will most likely face some traffic. Police and travel officials are stepping up to manage the holiday travel rush.

"It's Thanksgiving travel and we still have hunters that are coming and going and then of course Black Friday," said State Patrol Lieutenant Jeff Liethen of the increased traffic drivers will face when hitting the road this weekend.

Triple estimates that 42.5 million Americans will be traveling on roads and highways this holiday weekend. Officers said Wisconsin's roads will be busy, too.

"There's more traffic and there's more tendency for people not to pay attention to what they're doing. Thus, there's a crash that ends up happening," said Liethen.

Officers recommend taking your time and leaving earlier in the day when roads are less crowded. Airport officials at Central Wisconsin Airport told Newsline 9 flights are consistently booked throughout the Thanksgiving weekend, so travelers need to plan for longer lines.

"There will be a lot of people here, some first time travelers, some people who don't travel that often so definitely be patient. You want to leave yourself a lot of extra time," said CWA Marketing Coordinator Stephanie Luisier.

CWA officials recommend taking a few steps to make your trip and your time at the airport run smoothly. "You don't want to wrap your presents until you get to your destination. You don't want to spend all that time and money wrapping them because TSA will have to unwrap them for security reasons," said Luisier.

And be careful bringing gifts that contain liquids--that includes a special dip or gift of maple syrup. Those items should be sent ahead of time, left at home or placed in checked luggage.

As more people travel this year, it's important to put safety and patience at the top of your holiday list.

Online Reporter: Bonnie Shelton


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