Memorial Day Traffic Predicted to be Lower this Weekend

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

HARRISONBURG -- Millions of people are getting ready to pack up and hit the roads for the Memorial Day weekend. The Virginia State Police will start increasing patrols to keep you safe. Drivers may be surprised to see fewer cars on the road.

Kendall Taylor and her family are driving to North Carolina for a golf tournament.

"We're leaving Thursday so we won't get caught up in the traffic tomorrow because anywhere tomorrow is going to have a lot traffic. No doubt," said Taylor.

According to AAA Mid Atlantic, slightly more than one million people from Virginia will be on the road. That's down 1.6 percent from last year. Despite those predictions, Taylor said Monday's traffic will still be bad.

"I think Friday and Monday are the worst days to travel around Memorial Day weekend because of the amount of traffic there is everywhere," said Taylor.

Amber Fearon is going to Boston this weekend. She's driving and flying.

"I'm hoping to leave a little early so that I won't hit it too bad. It's a little easier on the budget because I'm gonna park my car with friends," said Fearon.

During the holiday weekend, the Virginia State Police will increase patrols on the highways, making sure you're safe and buckling your seat belt. Some people say they will just make it a staycation and stay home this holiday weekend.

AAA predicts more than 923,000 vehicles on the road. That's down about 4,000 compared to last year. The state police will continue its increased patrols until midnight Monday. To reduce major traffic and congestion, VDOT plans to stop most of its construction on the highways starting noon Friday running until noon on Tuesday.

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