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Travelers expected to brave the storm this Labor Day weekend

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A little wet weather in the forecast isn’t expected to deter too many drivers from hitting the roadways this holiday weekend.

Delaware Department of Transportation’s Geoff Sundstrom expects many travelers will brave the storm.

“A year ago we had about 900,000 people travel through our toll plazas over the four-day holiday weekend. And we would expect to see something similar to that this year,” Sundstrom said. 

To accommodate the additional holiday travelers, DelDOT has suspended all road construction until Tuesday night.

 

Gas prices have gone up nearly 20 cents in the past three weeks, but they’re still about 22 cents less than last year. And that’s fueling a lot more travel this year, according to Jim Lardear from AAA Mid-Atlantic.  

“Compared to last year a AAA survey found that lower gas prices mean about 55 percent more Americans are more likely to take a road trip this year,” Lardear said. 

 

The number of people traveling by car has increased every summer for the past six out of seven years, according to AAA. 

 

Lardear and Sundstrom both agree the best way to steer clear of traffic this holiday weekend is to travel outside peak drive times.

 

In resort areas like Delaware's beaches, that tends to be around the check-in and check-out times for hotels. 

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