Gas prices have fallen for 11 straight weeks, but fuel costs are still the highest ever for the Labor Day holiday coming up this weekend.
Even with those high gas prices, AAA predicted in a news release that travel should be “strong” for the three-day holiday weekend. One factor in the expected increase in Labor Day traffic is US air travel, which has been mired in cancellations and is expected to push travelers onto the road.
“As the summer travel season winds down with the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend, roads could be busy as AAA predicts travel volume will reach pre-pandemic levels, mirroring trends seen for the May and July holidays, ” AAA Mid. Atlantic spokesman Morgan Dean said in the announcement.
The national price of gas on Tuesday was $3.84, according to AAA. The average price in Virginia was $3.63. The price of gas in the Fredericksburg area was about $3.48, down 28 cents from a month ago. A year ago, the average cost of gas in the country was about $2.98.
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The Virginia Department of Transportation will suspend many work zones and remove most lane closures on interstates and major highways for the holiday weekend from noon Friday through noon Tuesday, September 6.
AAA predicts the heaviest travel times will occur Friday and Monday afternoon.
VDOT also has its travel trend map online, which predicts the heaviest traffic to occur between noon and 7 p.m. Friday.
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