April 16, 2014

Fuel prices stunt travel growth

The number of people planning trips for the Labor Day weekend is up this year, although growth in Wisconsin and surrounding states is below the national average.

According to a survey from AAA, an estimated 33 million people are expected to travel for the upcoming holiday. It’s about a three percent increase over 2011. On Wisconsin roads, about 711,000 people have travel plans, up about two percent from last year.

Pam Moen of AAA-Wisconsin says the Badger State and its neighbors are seeing a lower boost in travel because gas prices in the region have been higher than most of the country over the past month. The price of a gallon of regular unleaded fuel has floated at about $0.15 above the national average, largely due to supply problems caused by a broken pipeline and refinery maintenance issues.

Prices have been on the way back down though, which Moen says could lead to some last minute travel plans.

AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (:58)