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The enduring L.A. holiday tradition: Terrible traffic

The enduring L.A. holiday tradition: Terrible traffic
An image from video shows the 405 Freeway in L.A. on Tuesday. (KABC-TV)

The grizzled Southern California commuter knows the day before Thanksgiving is going to be a nightmare. And 2016 is living up to expectations.

As of Friday afternoon, unusually bad traffic was reported on most Los Angeles-area freeways. It prompted the California Highway Patrol to put out this public service announcement: “Thanksgiving travel tip: Put on your #PatientPants prior to driving. Lost your patient pants? Hold off on driving.”

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With gas prices low, more travelers are expected to be on the road for the holidays. And a Google survey found that in Los Angeles, Wednesday afternoon truly is the witching hour for Thanksgiving traffic.

 

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This year’s Thanksgiving traffic even has a meme — provided by KABC-TV on Tuesday night. It showed utterly stalled traffic on the 405 Freeway in the Westside.

 

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It all feels new when you are stuck in gridlock. But L.A. residents have been complaining about pre-Thanksgiving traffic for decades. In 1969, The Times reported on the parking lot that was the Hollywood Freeway as drivers tried to flee downtown for a suburban Thanksgiving. 

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