Here's How To Avoid Memorial Day Traffic in Southern California

Here's How To Avoid Memorial Day Traffic in Southern California

People are excited for the first long weekend of the summer.

AAA Mid-Atlantic Travel projects travel volume this holiday weekend will be at its highest level this year since 2005.

If you're traveling this Memorial Day weekend, there are some things you can do to essentially get the most from your gas tank. "Anyone planning to drive should try to travel in off-peak hours, should build extra time into their trips and may want to check the MassDOT GoTime app or other apps to help with decisions on which roads to take".

At $3 a gallon, holiday travelers across the country are expected to pay the highest gas prices on Memorial Day weekend since 2014, when the national average hovered around $3.65 a gallon - but that's not expected to keep people home.

According to AAA, the worst times to hit the road will be Thursday and Friday in the late afternoon as commuters leave work.

Travel times could be twice what they normally are during the 4 to 6 p.m. period, according to the forecast.

The highest gas prices in almost four years - both in the Toledo area and across the United States - will greet travelers this weekend as the Memorial Day holiday kicks off the unofficial summer driving season. New Jersey's prices are trending about five cents per gallon higher than the $2.97 per gallon average national price for regular.

"Automobile travel will increase for the fourth straight year, by almost 5 percent over last Memorial Day", he said, citing AAA surveys.

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"Certainly, we feel those congestion impacts at times like Memorial Day weekend when everyone starts to hit the road".

MassDOT will be shutting roadway construction activities beginning Friday at noon.

Free coffee will be served at the 18 MassDOT service plazas from 10 p.m. Monday through 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Get alerts: The City of Chicago issues emergency alerts through Notify Chicago, while travel apps can provide realtime updates on traffic conditions.

Have a road trip planned for Memorial Day weekend?

The Waze app also provides real-time traffic conditions across MA. They waste fuel, are hard on vehicles and increase the risk of a traffic crash. The full schedule and more information is available at

Memorial Day Parade, May 26: After the wreath laying ceremony at Daley Plaza around 11 a.m., State Street will be closed from Lake Street to Van Buren Street for the parade, which steps off at noon.

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