AAA: 37.5M drivers to be on roads 4th of July weekend

Posted at 1:50 PM, Jun 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-30 19:20:57-04

CINCINNATI -- A record-breaking 44.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this 4th of July weekend, according to AAA.

With 1.25 million more travelers than last year, this year’s Independence Day will be the most traveled 4th of July holiday weekend.

Of those 44.2 million travelers, 37.5 million Americans will drive to their destinations, an increase of 2.9 percent when compared to last year, said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president, Travel and Publishing.

“Combined, strong employment, rising incomes and higher consumer confidence bode well for the travel industry, in particular this Independence Day weekend,” Sutherland said.

Greater Cincinnati drivers may experience some delays due to the closure of two lanes in either direction on the Brent Spence Bridge due to routine maintenance work. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials recommend drivers plan their routes before they travel.

RELATED: Tri-State commuters brace for Brent Spence Bridge lane closures

Good news for drivers -- the national average for gas prices is four cents cheaper than this time last year. Gas prices are historically low for this time of year.

The Independence Day holiday travel period is begins Friday, June 30 and runs to Tuesday, July 4.