Most Carolina Memorial Day Weekend travelers expected in over a decade

Road construction to be put on hold for Memorial Day weekend

More than a million North Carolinians will hit the road this Memorial Day weekend, taking advantage of relatively low gas prices to kick off the summer travel season, according to AAA Carolinas.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is gearing up by lifting planned construction zones and offering real-time travel data.

Almost 40 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Memorial Day weekend, according to AAA.

That's an increase of about 2.7 percent over past year, with the vast majority of travelers - 88 percent - driving.

Wright says consumer confidence is the driving force behind the increase.

Rain, thunderstorms in St. Lawrence County forecast through Friday
Anywhere along this line, there could be some gusty winds 35-45mph, locally heavy rain , and perhaps some small hail. Metro-east residents should prepare for afternoon showers and a high around 65 degrees on Wednesday .

"We know people will be partying over Memorial Day", said AAA Oklahoma spokesman Chuck Mai.

Moreover, he said, "the price of gasoline has not been a deterrent".

Saturday's sunshine and mild temperature, with a high of 70 degrees, according to the Upton-based National Weather Service, might encourage travelers, though there is a 50 percent chance of rain Sunday.

As the traditional start of summer, the long Memorial Day weekend creates opportunities for families and individuals to embark on holiday travel.

According to gasbuddy.com, the average price of gas in Emerald Isle Tuesday was $2.23 cents a gallon, and $2.15 per gallon in Morehead City. The Illinois statewide average was $2.44, an increase of three cents from 2016.

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Traffic is expected to be heavier because of graduation ceremonies, festivals and vacation travelers, the GSP predicts.

The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded Monday in the Bradenton-Sarasota area was $2.28, down 2 cents from a week earlier and 17 cents from a month ago, but 14 cents more than this time previous year. "They can expect gas prices to be pretty much the same that they were previous year at this time". All told, it's expected to be the busiest Memorial Day travel weekend since 2005, when gas prices were just under $2 a gallon. Flights across the nation are expected to go up by about 5.5 percent in contrast to 2016.

2017 will mark the third consecutive year of growth in Memorial Day travel with 2.7 percent more travelers than last year. Though those might seem less popular, they're catching on: ridership will be 2.9 percent above a year ago.

"As always, drivers are advised to devote their full attention to driving, minimize distractions including cell phones, remain sober or utilize a designated driver and exercise safety driving behavior in order to ensure they reach their travel destination", Marvin said.

She said demand has been strong for travel inside and outside the United States.

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