Top 10 areas for traffic in Austin, plus new parking options at ABIA

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The day before Thanksgiving is considered the busiest travel day of the year. AAA reports the 10 most congested spots in Austin are mainly along Interstate 35:

  1. I-35 S @ FM-2001/EXIT 220
  2. I-35 S @ SLAUGHTER LN/EXIT 226
  3. US-290 E @ TX-95 (ELGIN) (WEST)
  4. I-35 N @ I-35 BUS
  5. I-35 S @ ONION CREEK PKWY/EXIT 225
  6. I-35 N @ MARTIN LUTHER KING BLVD/19TH ST/EXIT 235
  7. I-35 N @ I-35 BUS
  8. I-35 S @ FM-620/EXIT 252
  9. TX-360 LOOP N @ US-183
  10. TX-1 S @ TX-1 LOOP/S CAPITAL OF TEXAS HWY

One of the big things drivers will notice is all of the construction on I-35 will be stopped Wednesday and won’t resume until Monday in an effort to cut down on traffic delays. TxDOT also plans to list drive times on its electronic billboards to alert drivers to accidents.

At ABIA, Wednesday is the busiest day to fly over the Thanksgiving holiday. Because of new airlines and more gates, there’s something new flyers need to check.

“Know your terminal. There is nothing more frustrating than getting here to the main terminal and then having to get on the bus and go all the way over to the south terminal — so I can’t emphasize enough: know your terminal,” says Kaelia Harmon, ABIA Spokeswoman.

There’s also changes when it comes to parking at the airport.

“ABIA parking has launched a program where you can actually reserve a parking space in advance,” Harmon says. “So you can get online, visit our website, reserve your parking space, and when you come in you know exactly where to park and exactly how much it’s going to cost.”

There is an added fee of $4 a day to reserve a spot in addition to the $23 a day or $161 a week, and the website shows if those reserved spaces are available. Economy lots are $7 but they usually fill up fast during the holidays. Flyers can also check security point wait times online.

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