Millions expected to travel Memorial Day weekend

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Headed out for the holiday weekend? You’ll have plenty of company. AAA Travel predicts more people are expected to hit the road for the Memorial Day Weekend than before the recession.

It also says it will likely be the second busiest summer holiday travel weekend since 2000.

“While the start of summer typically brings with it thoughts of warm weather, sandy beaches and even tropical destinations, but it is in fact the frigid cold winter that blanketed much of the country this year that is driving the hot demand for summer time travel,” said AAA Operating Officer Marshall Doney.

AAA said several economic factors are also driving increased demand.

“As the economy continues to improve at a slow and steady pace, consumer spending, disposable income, consumer confidence, and the employment outlook are trending up which is good news for the travel industry,” said Greg Seiter, Public Affairs Manager for AAA Hoosier Motor Club.

36.1 million Americans are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home between Thursday and Monday – a 1.5 percent increase from last year.

Doney said most people will drive to their vacation spots, but the number of Americans flying or taking a cruise or train this summer will also be greater than last year.

Doney said gas prices will be lower this year, an average of $3.63, thanks to rising supplies.

According to, it’s more expensive around here. The average price in Indiana Friday morning was $3.85 per gallon.

You may run into fewer active construction zones as you hit the road this weekend. INDOT said it’s suspending work and removing road restrictions in some places from noon Friday until Tuesday morning, although drivers still may run into some restrictions at larger projects.

Click here for more information from INDOT.

Travelers who park at Indianapolis International Airport will be able to track where the shuttle buses are, thanks to a new monitoring system installed in time for the holiday weekend. The system allows passengers to track Economy Lot shuttle buses in real time and also provides the arrival time of the next two buses.

Monitors are now installed in each of the 13 shelters and at the curb of the Ground Transportation Center. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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