LIMA — An estimated 1.7 million Ohioans are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home this Memorial Day weekend, a 14-year high, according to AAA’s latest holiday travel forecast.
The worst congestion is expected in major cities in late afternoon on Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24. AAA says delays on major highways “could be more than three times longer than normal” during these hours.
To avoid congestion, the agency recommends traveling in late morning or early afternoon.
Gas prices have been rising since January, hitting an average of $2.49 per gallon in Lima on Wednesday morning, according to GasBuddy. But prices appear to be lower than they were this time last year, when the average price in Lima hit $2.89 per gallon the Wednesday before Memorial Day and peaked at $2.94 that Friday, May 25.
“Americans are eagerly anticipating the start of summer, and expensive gas prices won’t keep them home this Memorial Day weekend,” Paula Twidale, vice president of AAA Travel, said in a press release.
“Consumer spending remains strong, helped by solid job growth and income growth. Families continue to prioritize spending their disposable incomes on travel, and near-record numbers of them are looking forward to doing just that for Memorial Day.”