Tuesday's Afternoon Rush Hour To Be Jammed With Holiday Travelers

July 03, 2018 - 7:42 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Heads-up drivers, Tuesday afternoon's commute to be affected the worst by Fourth of July travel. 

According to AAA, Tuesday will be the worst day to drive through Chicago's highways and byways this Fourth of July holiday.

The afternoon rush hour from 4-6 p.m. will be most affected between the mix of commuters and travelers. Traffic could take twice as long as usual. 

More than 4.7 million vehicles are expected to travel on I-294 between Tuesday and Thursday, with the heaviest traffic anticipated Tuesday, according to an Illinois Tollway release. 

And it's just not driving! 

According to the Chicago Department of Aviation, about 1.6 million passengers are anticipated to travel through O'Hare International Airport and nearly 496,000 through Midway Airport during the seven-day holiday period from July 2 through July 8. 

Of the millions traveling, 39.7 million will drive to their holiday destination, 5.1 percent more than last year, according to AAA. Flying will increase 7.9 percent, marking the ninth consecutive year the industry has seen an increase during the holiday. Travel by trains, buses and cruise ships is also expected to increase by 5.8 percent, according to AAA.

Chicago Transit Authority buses and trains will be running on a Sunday schedule on Wednesday, July 4, with increased bus and rail service to the celebration at Navy Pier. CTA recommends allowing plenty of travel time and purchasing fare cards ahead of time. Extra service will be provided on all eight train lines, plus Bus #3 King, #4 Cottage Grove, #12 Roosevelt, #J14 Jeffery Jump, #29 State, #65 Grand, #66 Chicago, #72 North, #124 Navy Pier and #151 Sheridan.