CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Thinking of heading home along the West Virginia Turnpike this Thanksgiving season?
Today alone, you may be one of 48,000 traveling on the section of highway from Princeton to Charleston, Turnpike officials estimate.
And according to AAA Allied Group, more than 43 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this holiday season. According to the news release, 37 percent will head out this Wednesday, the heaviest travel day.
AAA also says 90 percent of people will travel by car, 3.1 million will fly and 3 percent will take other forms of transportation, such as train or bus.
Tyrone Gore, director of operations at the West Virginia Parkways Authority, said Thanksgiving is the busiest travel holiday of the year, with peak times estimated to see double the traffic that typically is on the Turnpike.
For today, the heaviest time is 7 to 8 p.m. Gore said travelers should expect backups between these times and traffic won't ease up until about 10 or 11 p.m.
"Wednesdays, it starts a little earlier and for a longer period of time," Gore said. "Historically, it stays heavy to late in the night."
How is the Parkways Authority preparing for the influx of traffic? Gore said every gate at the plaza will be open and temporary tandem booths will be operating. Gore said these booths will process about two times as much traffic.