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Caltrans News Release

District 11

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

Contact: Caltrans Public Relations Officer Edward Cartagena, (619) 688-6670

High Traffic Volumes, King Tides and Winter Storms Expected to Impact Holiday Travel

SAN DIEGO –– Caltrans reminds travelers to check weather and road conditions as they plan Thanksgiving road trips.  Holiday travel is expected to be heavier than in recent years and developing storms and unusually high tides are likely to impact Thanksgiving holiday traffic this year.

According to AAA, Thanksgiving holiday travel is continuing an upward trend with traffic volumes predicted to be higher this year than they have been since 2007. In addition, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is advising that king tides could bring flooding in low-lying coastal areas in San Diego and other coastal Southern California counties.  NOAA also advises that a developing winter storm may bring heavy rain and mountain snow that may impact holiday travel in the Sierra and other areas in the Pacific Northwest. 

Caltrans provides several tools to assist motorists in finding up-to-date traffic conditions throughout the state including Caltrans QuickMap http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ and QuickMap Mobile http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/mindex.html  for live traffic and incident information, the California Highway Information Network http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi or (800) 427-7623 for current road conditions, and Winter Driving Tips at www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/wntrdriv.htm.

Caltrans District 11 also provides live traffic information 24/7 for San Diego and Imperial counties on Twitter @SDCaltrans http://www.twitter.com/SDCaltrans.

NOAA weather watches, warnings and advisories for California are available online at http://alerts.weather.gov/cap/ca.php?x=1.

Travelers are asked to remember basic safety precautions such as checking vehicle fluids and tires, carrying emergency equipment and supplies, avoiding driving while drowsy or otherwise impaired or distracted, and reminding all vehicle occupants to buckle up. 

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