Labor Day Travel Expected To Increase, Construction May Slow You Down
Auto club AAA says travel nationally and by Ohioans is expected to increase slightly this year during the five-day Labor Day period as consumer spending continues to rise.
AAA estimates more than 1.4 million Ohioans will travel at least 50 miles from home during the holiday period between Thursday and Monday. That would be up about 0.5 percent from last year.
Nationally, about 34.7 million people are expected to take a trip, an increase of 1.3 percent from last year.
Nearly 86 percent of those are expected to hit the road, and more than 7 percent are expected to travel by air.
Ohio's Department of Transportation says work in most construction zones will be suspended during the holiday weekend, though motorists should allow extra travel time in case of congestion.
10TV's Karina Nova warns drivers that some roads are under construction around the area.
If you're driving north to Cleveland, you'll see I-71 has barriers up and is down to two lanes through Delaware and Morrow Counties. That project is actually widening the freeway to three lanes on both sides, but for now, expect delays.
Driving north of the city on U.S. 23 to places like Marion or Toledo will be tough. Crews have barrels set up all along 23, just north of I-270. They're working on rebuilding the interchange and adding a trench there.
In Northeast Ohio, look for work on I-90, east of Cleveland.
Heading towards Cincinnati, look for lane restrictions on I-71 near Wilmington.
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