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Caltrans predicts spike in Thanksgiving travel

Drivers are gearing up for holiday travel, with winter storm conditions expected leading up to Thanksgiving.

Posted: Nov 25, 2019 4:24 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Drivers are gearing up for holiday travel, with winter storm conditions expected leading up to Thanksgiving.

Action News Now spoke with Caltrans they said we should expect a spike in holiday traffic this year.

Caltrans said last year on the day before thanksgiving Highway 99 and Skyway saw about 39,000 cars. With the winter weather systems impacting travel it could be even worse.

Action News Now spoke with a woman who lives in Paradise about the driving conditions expected later this week.

“Everyone just needs to be really careful," Camp Fire survivor Mary Martin said. "I mean, you know, a lot of trees gone, there's not a lot of ground cover I'm thinking, so could be pretty dangerous on some of the roads and things.”

On the day before Thanksgiving last year, Caltrans said about 70,000 cars traveled between Redding and Anderson. This includes north and south on I-5 near the Riverside Ave.

The CHP said they will be actively looking for unsafe driving practices, including distracted driving or unsafe speeds.

Check current highway conditions, CLICK HERE.

The maximum enforcement period will start at 6:01 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27 through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, December first.

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