In CT this Labor Day weekend, expect more traffic on roads, at airports

In CT this Labor Day weekend, expect more traffic on roads, at airports
In CT this Labor Day weekend, expect more traffic on roads, at airports

Connecticut residents can expect to see more traffic on the roads and in the air this Labor Day weekend as families venture out for their last trips of the summer.

Road trips are popular over the three-day weekend, with many residents driving to see friends and family, have barbecues or picnics, or hit the beach. Connecticut State Police said traffic is likely to be heavy over the holiday long weekend, so people should allow plenty of time to reach their destinations.

AAA spokeswoman Fran Mayko said she expects Saturday and Sunday to be busy, but warned, “You’re going to see most traffic during the actual holiday” on Monday.

“I don’t think traffic will be as bad as it has been for major holidays like July 4 and Memorial Day,” Mayko added.

They will also most likely stay in the state or cross borders into neighboring states. AAA does not do official Labor Day travel statistics.

Falling gasoline prices are also driving these road trips. The cost of a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.83, about 50 cents less than last month’s average, according to AAA data.

Compared to Memorial Day, when gas prices were well over $4 a gallon, “people were still traveling because it’s the start of summer and people are just tired of staying at home,” Mayko said.

Kafi Rouse, director of communications for the state Department of Transportation, advised drivers to be careful, patient and plan ahead. Drivers can view live traffic updates and plan their routes on the CT Travel Smart website.

On the bright side, most construction work won’t take place over the holiday weekend, she said. However, the roads could still be congested with incidents of distracted driving or driving under the influence.

A Connecticut State Police spokesperson said soldiers from each of the agency’s 11 troops will conduct roving DUI patrols from 12:00 a.m. Friday through 11:59 p.m. Monday, as is typically the case for holiday weekends. She added that patrols will be on the lookout not only for impaired driving but other traffic violations as well.

“We look for things like speeding, distracted driving, that sort of thing,” the spokesperson said.

State police recently observed an increase in the number of drivers on the roads, suggesting a corresponding increase in traffic violations and other traffic offenses.

“We’ve noticed that there are highway increases and service calls whether it’s a holiday weekend or not,” she said.

If residents plan to travel by train, they can expect it to be like a typical summer weekend, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

However, MTA expects an increase in passenger numbers early Friday afternoon and has adjusted its service accordingly.

Amtrak Senior Director of Public Relations Jason Abrams said there will be an increased law enforcement presence on trains, inside stations and along the right-of-way over the weekend. holiday end.

“While there is no specific information to urge heightened vigilance at Amtrak, terrorists maintain an interest in attacking the U.S. transportation industry, and local terrorists or violent extremists would likely view any attack on their territory as a symbolic victory,” Abrams added.

Passengers can report suspicious activity, objects, people, or behavior to the Amtrak Police Department by speaking to a uniformed officer, calling 800-331-0008, texting 27311, or calling 911.

Some Connecticut families will also be flying to their destinations this weekend.

In an informal survey, AAA Northeast found that two-thirds of its members plan to go on a road trip. The remaining 33% said they planned to fly – the most popular destinations being Orlando, Italy, Las Vegas, Ireland or the Caribbean – or take a cruise.

Alisa Sisic, public information officer for the Connecticut Airport Authority, said Bradley International Airport expects to see more travelers this weekend, with the busiest days being Friday, Monday and Tuesday.

Between Thursday and Tuesday of next week, the airport will see around 47,000 people travel, and it expects to see the same number of people return.

Sisic said that’s generally what the airport has seen this summer, but the numbers haven’t fully rebounded from pre-pandemic levels – it’s about 10% below what the airport has seen. airport would normally see at this time of year.

“It’s not the same,” added Sisic. “He hasn’t fully rebounded.”

Sisic advised travelers to arrive at the airport early and familiarize themselves with security screening practices and parking options before arriving. Passengers should also check their flight status before heading to the airport.

As many flights have been plagued by delays and cancellations, the US Department of Transportation recently unveiled a dashboard to help passengers know what services or amenities they should receive from airlines if they encounter issues with their flights.

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