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Drivers Should Expect More Traffic, More Delays This Labor Day Weekend

If your family is planning to hit the road this Labor Day weekend, the AAA Motor Club says to expect a bit more traffic than last year.

AAA is projecting a third straight year of increases in Labor Day automobile travel nationally and in Illinois. The group estimates 1.8 million people will be driving more than 50 miles over the next few days, a 2.6% increase from 2011.

And that’s despite higher gas prices, where statewide the average cost of unleaded gasoline is going for $4.13 per gallon, a full 30 cents per gallon higher than last year according to AAA’s daily Fuel Gauge Report.

More Traffic = Longer Delays

With more cars on the road, expect slightly longer travel times this holiday according to INRIX, a company that provides traffic data and information.

AAA: Expect More Traffic This Labor Day Holiday

Labor Day holiday traffic always sucks.

This year, it’s going to suck worse than last year according to AAA.

The Chicago-based motorist organization estimates a 9.9% increase in the number of people traveling this holiday weekend compared to 2009. In the Chicago area, AAA estimates 1.92 million people will be on the road this weekend, an 11.3% increase over last year.

AAA’s director of Public Affairs, Beth Mosher, attributes these increased numbers to an improving economy.