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August 29, 2013

AAA predicts heavy weekend traffic

AAA: Traffic will be heavy this Labor Day weekend

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But, Moody said, he doesn’t expect savings at the pump to put more people on the road.

“Gas prices typically aren’t a large part of someone’s travel budget,” he said. “It may be enough to encourage a few last-minute travelers, but generally an increase or decrease in gas prices doesn’t make a huge difference.”

AAA estimates 88 percent of travelers will drive to their destinations this weekend, meaning there isn’t much of an effect at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

“We anticipate a busy weekend, but it won’t be much different than a regular weekend,” airport spokesman Tom Malafronte said. “Most people are driving wherever they are going.”

On state highways, it’s a different story. New Hampshire State Police Lt. Christopher Wagner said travelers should expect delays this weekend.

“People are expected to flood the roadways,” Wagner said. “We are looking at parts of (Interstate) 93 that are heavily constructed and are natural bottlenecks. Motorists will likely be more inconvenienced than a typical weekend.”

Wagner said the police will identify several spots around the state to increase patrols.

“We will be on the lookout for people who are impaired,” Wagner said. “When you have family gatherings and festivities during a long weekend, it comes with a rise in incidences.”

AAA expects tomorrow will be the busiest travel day.

The New Hampshire Liquor Commission is preparing for big sales this weekend. Richard Gerrish, the director of sales and marketing, said sales are expected to be 6 to 10 percent higher than last year.

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