Virginia prepares for heavy travel weekend

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A big travel weekend is on tap as people start to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Nearly 20 percent more Virginians are planning to travel at least 50 miles from home this holiday weekend compared to last year. That means you could be sharing the road with nearly a million people.

AAA is crediting the spike in Virginia travel to a 3-day weekend and lower gas prices.

Just a few years back we were seeing gas prices at $4.00 over the Fourth of July weekend. Now, the average is about $2.70 a gallon here in Virginia.

A slight up tick in the economy might also mean that people have a little extra money to take a vacation this year, but are still trying to save by staying closer to home and at budget hotels or with family and friends.

AAA reports 58 percent of Fourth of July travelers intend to visit family or friends along the way.

If you are traveling this weekend, remember you'll also be sharing the road with state troopers looking to keep the highways safe.

Based on past trends it's likely that the Northern Virginia area will see heavy congestion along interstate 95 and US route 1 Friday and Monday.

Friday afternoon will likely be the busiest travel period of all as people try to get a jump on the weekend.

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