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Travelers will fill roads Memorial Day weekend
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More than a million people are expected to travel this Memorial Day weekend in Georgia.

That’s up 4.9 percent compared to the 2014 holiday travel period, defined as Thursday through Monday.

Nationally, it’s expected to be the highest travel volume for the holiday in 10 years.

Some 89 percent will be traveling by car. The good news for those travelers is that most will pay the lowest Memorial Day gas prices in least five years, the
AAA reported.

The average gas price in Georgia on Friday was $2.63, compared to a national average of $2.73, according to AAA. That’s down from $3.63 in Georgia a year ago.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has cleared the way for drivers by suspending construction-related lane closures on major roadways through 5 a.m. Tuesday.

“We hope the suspension of major construction work will allow motorists to get to and from their holiday destinations with less congestion and less aggravation,” said GDOT Director of Construction Jeff Baker. Crews may still be working near roadways and some long-term lane closures will remain in place.

Travelers can call 511 for updated information about roadway travel conditions.

Officials have warned that traffic fatalities are up about 20 percent in Georgia over last year. There were 22 traffic fatalities in Hall County in 2014. There have been nine so far this year.

“Joining our partner states along the east coast to ensure motorists are
buckled up will hopefully put us on the road to decreasing fatalities,” Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Director Harris Blackwood of Gainesville said. “From Maine to Florida, people will know that if they don’t click it, they can expect a ticket.” Authorities are also urging drivers to stay off their phones.

For the 7 percent traveling by air, officials are advising they give themselves extra time to pass through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Regional TSA spokesman Mark Howell says more than 76,000 travelers were expected to pass through Atlanta’s airport Friday.

Howell says just under 70,000 travelers were screened at the airport on the Friday before Memorial Day in 2014.

Howell says passengers should plan to arrive at the airport at least two hours before departure.