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AAA says Labor Day travel will increase this year, reach post-recession high

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WJLA) - Hundreds of thousands of D.C. area residents are expected to hit the road this weekend for the Labor Day holiday.

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AAA Mid-Atlantic says that the number of people taking a trip at least 50 miles away from home is anticipated to increase slightly this year.

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More Virginians are expected to travel this Labor Day weekend, reaching a new post-recession high for the state.

That's more than 964,300 Virginians traveling during the Thursday through Monday holiday weekend.

The majority of Virginians are expected to travel by car and gas prices have brought a welcome relief to motorists. Prices in Virginia are down about 4 percent per gallon compared with the same time last year.

For those traveling across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, the best times to travel are before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m., on Friday, and before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m. on Saturday.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is smoothing the way for one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

From noon Friday until noon Sept. 2, VDOT will suspend most road work and lift lane closures on most interstates to ease the travel woes of Labor Day travelers.

By suspending road work, VDOT will be eliminating potential bottlenecks during the heavily traveled holiday.

VDOT also encourages motorists to dial 511 to get up-to-the-minute information on traffic accidents and congestion.

Motorists are being reminded to buckle up and drive sober and distraction-free while traveling for the upcoming holiday.

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