Williamsburg area prepares for holiday travelers

Williamsburg area prepares for holiday travelers

Thanksgiving is approaching, meaning more drivers will be on the roads, and more visitors will fill area tourism sites and shopping areas.

Area residents planning to visit family for Thanksgiving can expect some company on the roads.

Nationwide, AAA projects 48.7 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving, an increase of 1 million travelers compared with last year. That's a 1.9 percent increase over 2015, and the most Thanksgiving travelers since 2007.

To help ease traffic congestion, VDOT has announced it will suspend most highway work zones and lift lane closures on interstates and other major roads starting at noon on Nov. 23 to noon...