Traveling in AZ and CA this week

Blue skies and warm temperatures are forecast for the entire southwest this week as more travelers than last year are expected to hit the freeways to be with family for the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

Over a million Arizona residents will travel out of town this weekend, and almost 3 million Southern California residents too. There will be an influx of vacationers in resort areas like Parker. About 87 percent of Southern California travelers, or 2.93 million, are expected to travel by car, a .5 percent increase over 2011.

Yet, while more are traveling, AAA said people are staying closer to home than previous years.

Those who will be using Arizona state highways over the Thanksgiving weekend have some good news about your travel plans: no construction-related closures are scheduled along state highways between Wednesday afternoon and early Monday morning, November 25, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

ADOT Director John Halikowski says his agency will hold off on work requiring closures to ease travel and promote safety as the busy holiday travel season gets under way.

“We’re asking drivers to concentrate on safety and to be prepared before heading out on the road,” said Halikowski. “That means getting adequate rest before traveling, obeying speed limits, avoiding distractions and never drinking and driving.”