Millions – many of them from Illinois – expected to travel this holiday weekend

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Whether you are driving or flying, you'll be far from alone if you are traveling out-of-town for the Thanksgiving weekend.

Fifty-three million Americans are traveling this holiday weekend, including 2.7 million Illinoisans, Molly Hart of Triple A said.

About 90 percent of those travelers will be driving, despite rising gas prices in Illinois, she said Wednesday.

Hart told travelers to expect congestion on the roads, even at unusual times. She said they should give themselves extra time to get where they’re going.

Nearly 245,000 Illinoisans are expected to travel by air, which means people going to O'Hare and Midway should give themselves extra time to deal with crowded terminals and longer security lines.