The upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend will likely mark a busy end to the summer travel season.
The number of people hitting the road for the holiday is expected to be up just under two-percent this year, according to Nick Jarmusz with AAA-Wisconsin. Nationally, the auto club expects about 35 million people to take a trip of 50 miles or more during the upcoming weekend. In Wisconsin, the number is expected to be around 760,000 people.
Jarmusz said the number may have been higher, if not for the late date of the Labor Day holiday this year. If the holiday falls past the fifth of the month, Jarmusz said travel volumes typically fall a “little bit.”
Those traveling by car this weekend should enjoy some relief at the gas pump. Prices have been steadily falling in the past week, after a key refinery in Indiana reopened. Its partial closure in August caused a massive spike in gas prices across the region.