AAA says more travelers hitting the road for Memorial Holiday Weekend

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (WPVI) -- Many of you have traveled along the Atlantic City Expressway this time of year and you know the drill, there is traffic and lots of it.

This holiday weekend, AAA says there will be even more drivers headed to places like down the shore.

Mechanics are doing last minute checks on vehicles and the countdown is quickly winding down. We're now just hours away from Memorial Day Weekend.

"AAA is projecting the largest travel volume since 2005 for the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend. It's an increase of 3.6 percent over last year," says Jana Tidwell with AAA.

Tidwell says drivers won't be lonely out there on the roads. She says locally, more than half a million people will be driving 50 miles or more to their destinations. She says this is the 5th consecutive year for travel growth on the Memorial Day Weekend and explains why we are seeing the increase.

"The economy has been pretty good over the past few years. And when people have extra money in their pockets, gas prices have been relatively low the last couple of years. When people have that extra change, they are willing to travel," Tidwell says.

AAA considers Thursday through Monday night, the time period for the holiday weekend.

We caught up with many vacationers getting a head start and with good reason, they want to beat the traffic. Most everyone we talked to is headed down the shore.

"It's pretty bad, we just deal. We get there eventually. We make a lot of stops, and sit in massage chairs," says Kate Carrera of Drexel Hill.

"Oh, it is packed down there. There is not a parking space to be had. And that is another reason to go down to the shore early, you can get a parking space," said Frank and Marie Crescenzo of Marlton, New Jersey.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is encouraging drivers to use its 511 traffic page to determine the best times to travel over the holiday. You can check traffic speeds, traffic conditions, and other travel issues before you map out your trip.

Consider traveling during off-peak times, earlier in the mornings, late at night. Over the next two days, commuters are going to mix with holiday travelers for the a.m. and p.m. rush," Tidwell said.

For more information click the 511 traffic page.
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