AAA expects 50 million Americans to travel over Thanksgiving

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Wednesday marked one of the busiest travel days of the year, as people hit the roads, rails and skies to get to their holiday destinations.

AAA predicts traffic will be heavier this Thanksgiving than it has been in over a decade.

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News 12 shot cellphone video driving over the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge Wednesday afternoon showing traffic moving pretty slowly in all four lanes. It was especially congested westbound toward Rockland County.

One woman who spoke to News 12 was filling up her tank for what could be a several-hour drive to Long Island.

"It's always a nightmare. If I wasn't staying overnight I wouldn't go,” said Patty Bella. "I have a big family and this is the first year since I lost both of my parents that we'll be together for a holiday. So I want to be with my family."

AAA says that 89 percent of the Thanksgiving travelers will be drivers.

Residents are advised to allow for plenty of time and to expect delays.

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