Labor Day – Expect delays if you’re on the road

| 8/31/2007

About 28.9 million people are expected to hit the roads this Labor Day weekend – the unofficial end of summer – and the fifth busiest U.S. travel weekend of the year.

This number is down slightly from a year ago, according to a AAA survey released earlier this week, which reported that about 29 million travelers took to the nation’s highways this same last year.

According to the survey, “travelers’ perception of higher costs for fuel, lodging and airfares” have resulted in the small growth in Labor Day travelers from 2006.

The Providence Journal reports that three states are bringing out extra officers specifically to target truckers during the holiday. Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts are using federal grants to pay for the extra law enforcement.

Those hitting the nation’s highways are encouraged to pay attention to travel delays because of ongoing repairs on bridges and other road construction.

If you are in California, expect some traffic delays. Numerous events are planned in the state throughout the holiday weekend, including a concert in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park celebrating the 40th anniversary of the “Summer of Love.” That one event is expected to attract 30,000 to 40,000 people.

Virtually all major metro areas across the country have traffic congestion warnings for the holiday weekend because of the combined impact of special events and road construction projects.