Holiday Weekend Rush

By: Philip Stewart Email
By: Philip Stewart Email

May 25, 2007

Some 38 million Americans are traveling this Memorial Day Weekend. That number includes more than 800,000 Virginians. That overall number is up slightly from last year, though fewer plan to drive.

Friday is one of the busiest travel days of the year, and is looked at as the unofficial start of summer.

According to AAA, record gas prices are not expected to keep people from traveling.

They say people will try to spend less on hotels and restaurants.

"High gas prices, a weak dollar and limited budgets are forcing Americans to travel smarter," explained Sandra Hughes, President of AAA. "They're going online to do more trip planning, and they are going to bargain destinations, booking cruise deals and using new technology to get their travel information faster and easier."

In the commonwealth VDOT is opening some lanes in construction zones. They'll stay open through Tuesday to make way for more traffic.

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