A record-breaking 46.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Independence Day holiday, an increase of more than 5 percent compared with last year and the highest number since AAA started tracking 18 years ago. For the 39.7 million Americans planning a Fourth of July road trip, INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, predicts travel times in the most congested cities in the U.S. could be twice as long than the normal trip, with Tuesday being the busiest day.
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and Americans will kick off the season by traveling in near-record numbers. According to AAA, more than 41.5 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend, nearly 5 percent more than last year and the most in more than a dozen years. With nearly 2 million additional people taking to planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transportation, INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, expects travel delays on major roads could be up to three times longer than normal, with the busiest days being Thursday and Friday (May 24-25) as commuters mix with holiday travelers.
“The highest gas prices since 2014 won’t keep travelers home this Memorial Day weekend,” said Bill Sutherland, senior vice president, AAA Travel and Publishing. “A strong economy and growing consumer confidence are giving Americans all the motivation they need to kick off what we expect to be a busy summer travel season with a Memorial Day getaway.”
The vast majority of travelers – 36.6 million – will hit the road this Memorial Day, 4.7 percent more than last year.
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The Florida Department of Transportation is reporting that there will be no interstate closures in Tampa Bay area over Thanksgiving holiday period.
– Tampa/St. Petersburg: No closures are scheduled in the interstate construction zones in Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties during the Thanksgiving holiday period from today (Wednesday, November 25) through Sunday (November 29).
– Wesley Chapel: One to three lanes may be closed on southbound I-75 from State Road 56 (Exit 275) to I-275 (Exit 274) from 9:30 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday through Friday (November 30 – December 4) nights. At least one lane will be open.
– Wesley Chapel: The State Road 56 entrance ramp onto southbound I-75 may be closed from 10:30 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday and Tuesday (November 30 and December 1) nights. DETOUR: Enter northbound I-75 and exit to County Road 54 (Exit 279). Turn left at the bottom of the ramp onto westbound County Road 54. After passing under I-75, turn left and enter southbound I-75.
– New Tampa: The southbound I-75 exit ramp to Bruce B. Downs Boulevard (Exit 270) may be closed from 10:30 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday and Wednesday (November 30 and December 2) nights. DETOUR: Continue past Exit 270. Exit to Fletcher Avenue (Exit 266). Turn left at the bottom of the ramp and go east on Fletcher Avenue under I-75. Turn left and enter northbound I-75. Use northbound Exit 270 to Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.
– New Tampa: One to three lanes may be closed in either direction of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard in the I-75 area (Dona Michelle Drive to Tampa Palms Boulevard) between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Monday through Friday (November 30 – December 4) nights. At least one lane will be open in each direction.
– Wesley Chapel/San Antonio: 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. Monday through Friday (November 30 – December 4) nights.
– Pasco County: One lane may be in each direction of I-75 from north of State Road 52 (Exit 285) to the Hernando County line (north of County Road 41/Exit 293) between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday (November 30 – December 5) nights.
– Ridge Manor: One lane may be closed in each direction of I-75 from the Pasco County line (north of County Road 41/Exit 293) to about two miles south of SR 50 (Exit 301) between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday (November 30 – December 3) nights.
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