Record Number of Drivers Expected to Hit the Road for Holiday Weekend

By Katie Hargitt

Published 07/02 2014 03:50PM

Updated 07/02 2014 06:16PM

Bob Balice and his family are traveling more than 800 miles to their final destination for this holiday weekend. Eight in ten travelers this weekend will join Balice and his family on the roads. Going from St. Louis to Gettysburg, we caught up with them at a pit stop near Terre Haute.

"Mostly pretty clear, the traffic has actually been pretty light. I expected more people traveling already, a little bit of construction so far," Balice said.

Summer is the peak construction season for the Indiana Department of Transportation and Debbie Calder says holiday travel doesn't necessarily mean work stops.

"We try to lift restrictions where we can, but like I-70 will still be down to one lane in this area. Around State Road 59, the Brazil exit in Clay County we are going to have that opened back up so all four lanes of the interstate will be open over there," Calder said.

You can almost always count on a gas price increase around the holidays, but this year AAA says prices are 20 cents higher than this time last year, with a nationwide average of $3.68 per gallon. Balice says that hike won't keep him and his family off the roads.

"It's kind of a necessary evil I guess," Balice said. "If you want to get somewhere you can either fly or drive there and still driving is a lot cheaper."

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