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AAA: This Independence Day will be Historic, More Americans to Travel than Ever Before

This Independence Day, a record-breaking 44.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home, taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways to honor the red, white and blue. With 1.25 million more travelers than last year, 2017 will be marked as the most traveled Independence Day holiday weekend ever.

“Combined, strong employment, rising incomes and higher consumer confidence bode well for the travel industry, in particular this Independence Day weekend,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president, Travel and Publishing. “A historic 44.2 million Americans will travel to celebrate our nation’s freedom this year, adding to an already bustling summer travel season.”

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2017 Memorial Day Weekend Travel Highest Since 2005

The American Automobile Association (AAA) projects that 39.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Memorial Day weekend. That is one million more travelers than last year taking to the roads, skies, rails and water, creating the highest Memorial Day travel volume since 2005.

“The expected spike in Memorial Day travel mirrors the positive growth seen throughout the travel industry this year,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president, Travel and Publishing. “Higher confidence has led to more consumer spending, and many Americans are choosing to allocate their extra money on travel this Memorial Day.”

The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 25 to Monday, May 29.

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No Lane Closures Over Memorial Day Holiday Weekend in Florida

I-75 travelers in Florida will experience a less stressful drive as the Florida Department of Transportation reports there will be no lane closures scheduled in construction zones in Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties during the Memorial Day holiday period from Friday night, May 26 through Monday, May 29.


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5 Essential Tips for Memorial Day Weekend Road Warriors

Memorial Day is just around the corner, and that means the unofficial start to summer! As Americans prepare for long-weekend getaways, trips to the beach and family picnics, they’ll also be faced with what’s predicted to be one of the busiest Memorial Day Weekends on record. Relatively low gas prices means the roads will be extra crowded.

Here’s our top 5 essential tips to consider if you’re planning a Memorial Day weekend road trip…

Florida Suspends I-75 Construction for Holidays

The Florida Department of Transportation reports that it will suspend most I-75 construction work from Monday, December 26, 2016 thru Tuesday, January 3, 2017. However, some construction and maintenance activities will be ongoing.


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Georgia Restricts I-75 Construction Lane Closures for the Holidays

The stresses of the holiday season are upon us. And Georgia DOT aims to ease traffic congestion and driving anxieties with suspension of construction-related lane closures on I-75, heavily traveled state routes and roadways near major shopping areas and tourist locations from 5:00 a.m. Friday, December 23 to 10:00 p.m. Monday, December 26.

Restrictions will also be in place for New Year’s weekend from 5:00 a.m. Saturday, December 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 2.

The Department reminds travelers to exercise caution as crews may still work in proximity to highways; and safety concerns may require some long-term lane closures to remain in place. Also, incident management or emergency, maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary at any time on any interstate or state route.

Georgia DOT advises motorists that – in the event of a crash or breakdown – to never get out of the car on a freeway, unless your life is in imminent danger. Pull onto the nearest shoulder as far from the travel lanes as possible and call 511 for HERO assistance in Metro Atlanta, or 911 for medical emergency service anywhere in Georgia.

Georgia’s Move-over Law requires drivers to move-over one lane when a law enforcement, emergency vehicle or construction crew is on the side of the road and displaying flashing emergency lights. If it is unsafe to move over, then slow down below the posted speed.


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Restaurants Open Christmas Day 2016

Not all of us will be home for Christmas, or comfortably seated with friends and family for a Christmas feast… some of us will be on the road.

I-75 travelers looking for a holiday meal can find it quite difficult. You’re tired and hungry so you jump of an exit only to find that every restaurant is closed.

An increasing number of chain restaurants are choosing to remain open during the holidays, or at least opening for limited hours to meet customer demand.

Here’s out list of chain restaurants open for business on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2016. (This listing will be updated as additional information becomes available.)

Restaurants located at Interstate Service Plazas and Welcome Centers may be required to stay open.

– Updated 12/19/16  –

  • A&W Restaurants – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar – Most locations will be open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Arby’s – Company owned locations will close Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Franchise locations may be open.
  • Au Bon Pain – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Auntie Anne’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Bahama Breeze – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Baja Fresh – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Bakers Square – Open Christmas Eve. Open Christmas Day.
  • Beef ‘O’ Brady’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Benihana – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Bennigan’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Big Boy Restaurants – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Black Angus Steakhouse – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Blimpie Subs – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Bob Evans Restaurants – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Bonanza Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve Day. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Bonefish Grill – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Boston Market – Some locations may be open on Christmas Day.
  • Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Burger King – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • California Pizza Kitchen – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Carl’s Jr. – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Carrows Restaurants – Most restaurants are open 365 days a year.
  • Carvel Ice Cream – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Checkers – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Cheesecake Factory – Open Christmas Eve. Most locations will be closed Christmas Day.
  • Chevys Fresh Mex – Most locations are open 365 Days a Year.
  • Chick-fil-A – Open Christmas Eve Day and Closed Christmas Day
  • Chili’s Grill & Bar – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Chuck E. Cheese’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Church’s Chicken – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Cici’s Pizza – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Claim Jumper – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Cold Stone Creamery – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Corner Bakery Cafe – Open Christmas Eve and closed on Christmas Day.
  • Country Buffet – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Cracker Barrel – Close Christmas Eve Day at 2 pm and closed on Christmas Day.
  • Culver’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Dairy Queen – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Dave & Buster’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Del Taco – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Denny’s – Most locatiopns are open 364 days a year.
  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Domino’s Pizza – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • El Pollo Loco – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • El Torito – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Famous Dave’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Fazoli’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Fire Mountain Buffet – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Firehouse Subs – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Five Guys Burgers & Fries – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Friendly’s – Open Christmas Eve Day and Closed Christmas Day.
  • Fuddruckers – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Golden Corral – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Ground Round Grill & Bar – Some locations will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Hardee’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • HomeTown Buffet – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Hooters – Some locations will be open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Houlihan’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Huddle House – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • IHOP – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • In-N-Out Burger – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Jack-in-the-Box – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Jersey Mike’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Joe’s Crab Shack – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Johnny Rockets – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • KFC – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Kobe Japanese Steakhouse – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Krispy Kreme Doughnuts – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Krystal – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Legal Sea Foods – Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Little Caesar’s Pizza – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Logan’s Roadhouse – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Longhorn Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Lone Star Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Long John Silver’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Luby’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Marie Callender’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • McDonald’s – Most locations will be open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Melting Pot (The) – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Miami Subs – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Miller’s Ale House – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Mimi’s Cafe – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Morton’s Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Ninety-Nine Restaurants – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Old Country Buffet – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Olive Garden – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • On The Border – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Outback Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • P.F. Chang’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Panda Express – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Panera Bread – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Papa Gino’s Pizzeria – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Papa John’s Pizza – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Perkins Restaurant & Bakery – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Piccadilly Cafeteria – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Pizza Hut – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Pollo Tropical – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Ponderosa Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve Day and closed Christmas Day.
  • Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Quiznos Subs – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Rainforest Cafe – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Rax Roast Beef – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Rally – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Red Lobster – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Red Robin Gourmet Burgers – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Romano’s Macaroni Grill – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Round Table Pizza – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Roy Rogers Restaurants – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Ruby Tuesday – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Ryan’s – Most locations will be open Christmas Eve Day and Closed Christmas Day.
  • Sbarro – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Schlotzsky’s Deli – Most locations will be open Christmas Evea Closed Christmas Day.
  • Shakey’s Pizza Parlor – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Shoney’s – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Sizzler Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Smashburger – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Smokey Bones – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Sonic Drive-In – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Starbucks – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Steak ‘n Shake – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Subway – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Taco Bell – Open Christm,as Eve. Company owned locations are closed on Christmas Day. Franchised locations may be open.
  • TCBY – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Texas Roadhouse – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • TGI Friday’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Tijuana Flats – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Tim Horton’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Tony Roma’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Tropical Smoothie Cafe – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • UNO Chicago Grill – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Chrtistmas Day
  • Waffle House – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Wayback Burgers – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Wendy’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Whataburger – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • White Castle – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Wienerschnitzel – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Wingstop – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Zaxby’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.

This list reflects information gathered from various sources. We are not responsible for it’s accuracy. This list will be updated as additional information becomes available. Open locations may have limited hours of operation.


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Exit Closures, Detours for I-75 Construction in Florida

The Florida Department of Transportation reports the following I-75 construction and maintenance activities thru December 24, 2016.

  • Brandon, FL – The portion of northbound I-75 Exit 254 onto southbound US 301 may be closed between 9:00 p.m. Sunday, December 18 and 6:00 a.m. Monday, December 19. DETOUR: Motorists will be detoured north on US 301 where they can U-Turn at Crescent Park Drive to go southbound on US 301.
  • Tampa, FL – There may be intermittent single-lane closures on cross streets approaching I-75 interchange ramps Sunday through Thursday (December 18 – 22) nights. Not every interchange will be impacted each night. The closures will be at the following interchange areas and roads (closure hours in parentheses):
    • Exit 240 – SR 674/College Ave. (7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.)
    • Exit 246 – CR 672/Big Bend Road (7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.)
    • Exit 250 – Gibsonton Drive (7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.)
    • Exit 257 – SR 60 (9:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.)
    • Exit 260 – SR 574/Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. (9:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.).
  • Wesley Chapel/San Antonio, FL – One lane may be closed in each direction of I-75 anywhere from north of County Road 54 (Exit 279) to north of SR 52 (Exit 285) between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Friday night, December 16 and Sunday through Thursday (December 18 – 22) nights.
  • Ridge Manor, FL – One lane may be closed in each direction of I-75 from south of SR 50 (Exit 301) to the Hernando/Sumter counties line between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday (December 18 – 22) nights.

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Best, and Worst Times to Travel This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is only a few days away and reports are saying that this Thanksgiving holiday will be a record breaker as far as highway travel is concerned.

I-75 can be a real bear with tons of traffic and plenty of short tempers. Here are a few tips to help make the voyage less stressful:

Getting There:

  • The absolute worst time to get on the road is the day before Thanksgiving (Wednesday, November 23) and if you leave in mid-afternoon (3 p.m.) you definitely won’t be a happy camper once you get there.
  • If you have no choice but to leave on Wednesday, make it as early as possible. Start you trip no later than 6 a.m. to avoid traffic delays.
  • The Sunday before Thanksgiving (November 20) is the best day to leave for your Thanksgiving road trip, the earlier, the better.
  • Thanksgiving morning is also a good time to leave, the earlier , the better.

Returning Home:

  • The day after Thanksgiving (Friday, November 25) before 6 a.m. is the best day and time to return from your Thanksgiving trip.
  • Saturday and Sunday (November 26 and 27) late afternoon are the worst days and times to return from your Thanksgiving road trip. Avoid being on the road between 11 a.m and 6 p.m. Traffic will be heavy during those times.
  • If you have no choice but to leave on Saturday, try leaving as early as possible (before 6 a.m.) to avoid traffic delays.

Depending on where you’re heading, and how long the trip will be, you might be able to schedule the time when you are on the road to at avoid the worst of it.

Adjust your schedule or route and consider these options:

  • Take a bypass route around large cities
  • Tune to a radio station and monitor the traffic reports
  • If you have mobile access, Use live-traffic-reports.com to monitor traffic
  • Stop at a rest area if headed in heavy traffic and wait until the worst of it has subsided
  • Avoid shopping districts (Black Friday is usually gridlocked around major shopping areas)

Drive responsibly and have a safe trip!


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Florida DOT Suspends I-75 Construction for Thanksgiving Holiday

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is suspending most construction-related lane closures on I-75 and other major state roads, for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

There will be no work requiring lane restrictions from Wednesday, November 25, though, Sunday, November 29. All major roads will be open to normal traffic.

Although no construction closures are scheduled over the holiday weekend, existing work zones will remain in effect; drivers may encounter construction workers and reduced speed limits.

Motorists are reminded to use caution while traveling through work zones and around barricades – equipment and temporary traffic configurations may remain in place.

FDOT is encouraging drivers to allow extra travel time and to use extra caution in existing work zones along state highways. Drivers are urged to make sure they buckle up, along with their passengers.

FDOT and other safety agencies also ask drivers to obey speed limits, get adequate rest before traveling, avoid distractions and never drink and drive.

Drivers also are urged to be prepared for unscheduled highway closures due to accidents, disabled vehicles or other events.

Motorists should be alert to changing weather conditions while
traveling.


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