Hudson Valley travelers hit the road for Labor Day weekendPosted: Updated:
It may be hard to believe it, but the last big summer holiday is here and the hustle and bustle is going across the Hudson Valley on as travelers set out for their weekend getaways.
This summer will end the way it began, with millions of Americans filling the interstates and airports; and the volume of all that Labor Day weekend travel is expected to be heavier than last year.
Today's average gas price of just over $2.58 per gallon is 25 cents cheaper than it was for last year's Labor Day weekend.
To make traffic flow more smoothly, temporary lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on New York State highways are suspended beginning today and run through Tuesday morning.
If you are flying to a destination, you won't be lonely. About 17.5 million other people are flying this weekend, which is about a 4% increase from last year.
Hurricane Dorian's potential to disrupt busy Labor Day travel could be a real challenge for airlines and travelers, so it's recommended to keep track of the storm if you are flying.
During the weekend, state and local law enforcement will be participating in the statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over initiative, meaning police officers will be focused on looking for impaired and distracted drivers.
Many residents have already headed on vacation, but this afternoon between 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. is expected to be the time when the roads are packed.