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.

Travelers will also most likely stay in the state or neighboring states, she said. But AAA doesn’t do official Labor Day travel stats.

Those who get behind the wheel will see lower gas prices than earlier this year. The average cost of a gallon of regular gas is $3.83, down about 50 cents from last month’s average, according to AAA data.

Compared to Memorial Day, when gas prices were well above $4 a gallon, “people were still traveling because it was early summer and people were tired of staying home” , said Mayko.

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

Most road construction projects will be halted over the bank holiday weekend, she said. However, the roads could still be congested by the volume of traffic or other incidents.

A Connecticut State Police spokesperson said troopers from each of the agency’s 11 troopers will conduct roving DUI patrols from midnight Friday to 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 train ridership early Friday afternoon and has adjusted service on Metro-North Railroad accordingly.

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 planning to travel this weekend will do so by vehicle. The remaining 33% said they planned to fly – with the most popular destinations like Orlando, Italy, Las Vegas, Ireland or the Caribbean – or cruises.

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, although the number of in-flight travelers hasn’t fully rebounded to pre-COVID-19 levels. That’s about 10% less than what the 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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