Prepare for slowdowns this Labor Day. INRIX has compiled its predications for the busiest corridors and best and worst travel times over the holiday weekend. We expect Thursday and Friday, September 1 and 2, will the busiest days for Labor Day travel nationwide, as vacationers mix with commuters – adding to already-congested conditions in major metropolitan areas. Congestion will start building in the mid-afternoon, with the peak congestion period occurring between 3:00-6:00 PM in most major metros.

Across the country, drivers can expect a 41% increase in travel delays throughout the day on Thursday. For example, if on a typical Thursday a driver experiences 10 minutes of delay on their route, they can expect 14 minutes of delay this holiday.

Worst Corridors & Travel Day/Time

Metro Area Corridor Most Congested Day & Time


Increase over typical
Atlanta I-85 S, Clairmont Rd to MLK Dr Friday, 9/2, 2:00-4:00pm 120%
Boston I-93 S, Albany St to MA-24 Thursday, 9/1 at 1:45-3:45pm 89%
Chicago I-290 W, Morgan St to Wolfe Rd Thursday, 9/1 at 4:30-6:30pm 133%
Detroit I-96 W, 6 Mile Rd to Walled Lake Friday, 9/2 at 3:00-5:00pm 66%
Houston I-69 N, I-610 to I-10 Friday, 9/2 at 3:30-5:30pm 76%
Los Angeles I-5 S, Colorado St to Florence Ave Friday, 9/2 at 4:45-6:45pm 138%
New York I-278 E, I-495 to 38th St Thursday, 9/1 at 3:00-5:00pm 143%
San Francisco I-80 W, Gilman St to Civic Center Thursday, 9/1 at 4:15-6:15pm 98%
Seattle I-5 S, WA-18 to WA-7 Friday, 9/2 at 4:15-6:15pm 77%
Washington DC I-95 S, I-495 to VA-123 Wednesday, 8/31 at 3:45-5:45pm 56%


Overall Worst & Best Times to Travel

Date Worst travel time Best travel time
8/31/22 1:00-8:00pm Before 12:00pm, After 7:00pm
9/1/22 1:00-8:00pm Before 12:00pm, After 7:00pm
9/2/22 11:00am-8:00pm Before 1:00pm, After 7:00pm
9/3/22 12:00-5:00pm Before 1:00pm, After 5:00pm
9/4/22 Minimal Congestion Expected
9/5/22 Minimal Congestion Expected


The good news is that INRIX expects a lighter travel holiday than both the Fourth of July and Memorial Day holidays where congestion reached 2x and 3x typical travel times.