PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Labor Day weekend is here and that means people are hitting the roads for one last summer getaway. So how will travelers fare with construction and gas prices?
It’s the last big travel weekend of the summer and Debbie Leonard is getting out of town.
She is one of some 33 million motorists the American Automobile Association says will be driving 50 miles or more from home.
“Right down the road in Cuddy to Danbury, Conn.,” said Leonard. “We’re leaving today to beat the traffic.”
Thirty-three million drivers and passengers is up 2.9 percent for the Labor Day weekend; the highest volume of motorist on the record since 2008.
That’s despite gas prices being well over $3 a gallon.
“It’s expensive enough to go for hotels and whatever, and on top of that, you have the price of gas,” said Denny Barna, a motorist.
But something that could blow the travel projections away is Isaac. The remnants of the hurricane could swamp some getaway plans.
“People coming up or down from the south, that’s going to have an effect on travel I’m sure,” said Barna.
But if you’re staying in Pennsylvania, near or far, there is good news. PennDOT is suspending all construction for the holiday weekend.
The Labor Day travel increase is not an anomaly; according to AAA, they saw number increases for the Fourth of July travel period as well as over Memorial Day weekend.