Interstates, Local Businesses See Increase in Traffic due to Easter

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- More people are traveling to see family and friends during Easter weekend. Some travelers said they have dealt with traffic and some bad driving.

Others don't mind driving more than nine hours just to get home in time for Easter.

"Tomorrow [is] probably going to be busy.. because everybody goes out to see their family," said Vemaurel Ventura, a traveler.

People on the road Saturday evening are hoping to avoid the traffic on Sunday.

People, I don't know, they probably get antsy, because it's the holidays and they drive a little crazy sometimes when it gets darker," said Javohn Geddes, another traveler.

Geddes and his family load the car back up to finish a nine hour drive to Georgia. They have been traveling since 5 a.m. Despite the long travel time, Geddes said it has been smooth sailing.

"Just seen one cop on the road really, but that's it," said Geddes.

But others have been affected by traffic. Bill Murray, who is driving to Blacksburg, said he's thankful the weather is nice this year. But, he noticed that sections of Interstate 81 were pretty busy.

"Northbound it was slow and a lot of trucks," said Murray.
Harrisonburg police say traffic is moving like it does on a typical Saturday with only a couple of accidents. As people make quick stops, they've all talked about avoiding the trucks.

"You gotta watch out for the trucks, not to cut in front of them because they obviously can't really stop short," said Alan Abrams, a traveler.

There are more patrols out in the city on Saturday night, but police say increase patrols in the spring because of local college activity.


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