Gas prices could hit $3 nationwide Memorial Day weekend

Gas prices spike before travel-heavy Memorial Day weekend, but travelers so far are undeterred

CA gas prices are highest in nation ahead of Memorial Day

For the estimated 727,000 Tennesseans and almost 1.2 million Virginians planning to travel over the long weekend, both state transportation departments said they are suspending most highway work zones and lifting most lane closures on interstates. "A strong economy and growing consumer confidence are giving Americans all the motivation they need to kick off what we expect to be a busy summer travel season with a Memorial Day Weekend getaway".

"I think we could see three bucks on Memorial Day", said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst at gas-station finding app GasBuddy.

The American Automobile Association projects that about 37 million motorists will travel during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a 5% increase over past year.

"Gas prices are almost 60 cents more expensive than a year ago and will likely jump a few more pennies heading into Memorial Day weekend", said AAA spokeswoman Jeanette Casselano.

Jackson added that she'd like to go SC for the holiday, but gas prices are so high she sometimes has to choose between activities.

"Our advice to drivers is to avoid peak commute times in major cities altogether - traveling late morning or early afternoon - or plan alternative routes", Graham Cookson, chief economist and head of research for INRIX - an analytics company that collaborated with AAA in the forecast - said in a news release about holiday travel.

If you celebrate too much during the long Memorial Day weekend, AAA is offering a way to get you and your auto home safely with its Tow to Go program.

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer and people are traveling in near-record numbers despite the high gas prices.

MassDOT will be shutting roadway construction activities beginning Friday at noon.

"We want to do our part to help everyone have an enjoyable and safe holiday weekend and keep traffic flowing as smoothly and efficiently as possible", he said.

Coming back, the worst time to travel will be Monday after 6 p.m.

The agency's GoTime mobile app shows real-time traffic conditions. They waste fuel, are hard on vehicles and increase the risk of a traffic crash.

If you are taking the rails, the weekend is also the start of the CapeFLYER service from Boston to Cape Cod.

Memorial Day Parade, May 26: After the wreath laying ceremony at Daley Plaza around 11 a.m., State Street will be closed from Lake Street to Van Buren Street for the parade, which steps off at noon.

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