Gas prices, delays rise for holiday weekend travelers

Posted May 22, 2014

— With summer travel kicking off this Memorial Day weekend, motorists are facing higher gas prices along with traffic delays caused by construction projects.

Motorists traveling along the western and eastern parts of Raleigh will see most of the congestion.

Most construction projects along interstate routes will be suspended from 4 p.m. on Friday until 9 a.m. Tuesday, with the exception of the two lanes of the Interstate 40 West ramp onto Interstate 440 West.

Those two lanes are reduced to one, and I-440 is in a two-lane pattern in both directions between I-40 and U.S. 64/264 as a part of the Fortify project.

According to AAA of the Carolinas, gas prices in North Carolina for the holiday weekend will be $3.64, 21 cents higher than last year. The group says these higher prices will not stop a record number of travelers.

Molly Donovan, a sophomore at North Carolina State University, said although gas prices are on the rise, it won’t stop her family from going on their annual vacation to Atlantic Beach.

“Gas prices have never kept us from going, but they have influenced how many cars we take and where we stop for gas along the way,” Donovan said.

Analysts at AAA of the Carolinas also expect vehicle breakdowns to surge after the harsh winter, causing further delays.

The NCDOT is reminding motorists to slow down, avoid distractions and be alert to their surroundings during this busy travel season.

Other helpful tips for motorists navigating the highways during the holiday travel season include:
• Using alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion
• Remaining patient and obeying the posted speed limit
• Avoiding driving when drowsy
• Leaving early to get a head start on driving

Travelers can call 511 for real-time travel information to stay informed during their travel.


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  • Billy Mae Sutten May 22, 2014
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    I like the way that EVERY holiday weekend there is a REASON for higher gas prices than the obvious....just say what it really is...its a holiday, people travel, the jacked up prices bring in more money so lower them on Tuesday.

    They will be back up by July 4th especially since it is on a Friday!

  • Bill Brasky May 22, 2014

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    That is actually happening in Mexico where there are no regulations on gasoline.

  • Ty Shrake May 22, 2014
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    If we choose the cleanest blend out of the bunch and produce only that blend (which would greatly reduce prices) NONE of the mass death and misery you claim would happen, would it?

  • Anita Woody May 22, 2014

    The price isn't going to go down people. China and India are consuming more and more gas. To those of who think if we produce more, the price will go down, you're mistaken. It's going to go to China and India. The US produces more gasoline now than ever before in history.

  • Bill Brasky May 22, 2014

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    Considering we are pumping more domestic oil out of the ground than under Bush, it's not us, but the fact that China and India are trying to live as wasteful as us. Thats nearly 2 billion people.

  • Bill Brasky May 22, 2014

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    Didn't gas prices break several record highs under Bush? The media had the right to ask questions.

  • Bill Brasky May 22, 2014

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    So true...but I remember gas prices around $4.25 under Bush.

  • Joseph Shepard May 22, 2014
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    my source?? And this is just for one single state.

  • Grand Union May 22, 2014

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    Source for this claim? I very much doubt there is one blend that would meet the pollution requirements for all States at all what you suggest is that we should just let you foul up everyones air more so you can save a few cents on gas?
    That would only lead to the premature deaths of thousands a year and misery for those kids and young people with respiratory problems.

    No thanks.

  • Ty Shrake May 22, 2014
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    "Indeed, Prices are still lower than they were under W and thats despite inflation over those years."

    Uh, no they aren't. The average price for a gallon of gas when Bush left office was about $2.84. It was often much lower than that during his presidency.