Near Record Crowds Expected on Roads During Memorial Day Weekend

If you're planning to hit the road over the Memorial Day holiday, be ready for plenty of company, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

AAA Texas says 3.4 million Texans, driven by the strong economy and a price of gas which, although higher than it was two months ago, remains lower than last year, will travel more than 50 miles from their homes over the holiday. That represents a 3.6% increase over last year.

“Texans are avidly anticipating the start of summer travel season, and gas prices won’t keep them home this Memorial Day weekend,” said Kent Livesay, Vice President & General Manager, AAA Texas. “The Texas economy remains strong and many families continue to prioritize travel. A near-record number of them are looking forward to doing just that for Memorial Day.

3 million of the 3.4 million will travel by car, and AAA says that could lead to traffic jams on main trunk roads, like I-35 and I-10, that could be three times longer than normal during evening commutes.


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