It’s here… Black Friday and the official beginning of the Christmas Shopping Season. Weather you’re a traveler headed down I-95 of just a shopper looking for a destination shopping experience, the I-95 Exit Guide has a feature devoted to shopping options along the east coasts most heavily traveled Interstate highways.
Shoppers are looking for an opportunity to park the car once and spend the day wandering thru store after store hunting for bargains. Outlet malls fit the bill perfectly. The I-95 Exit Guide has detailed information on all the major outlet malls along I-95 from Maine to Florida. Check out the I-95 Out Mall Directory.
The American Automobile Association (AAA) estimates that 46.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday weekend. That number represents the highest volume since 2007 and is a 4.2 percent increase over last year.
Nearly 90 percent of thanksgiving travelers will be taking to the road. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, November 26 through Sunday, November 30.
The price of gasoline is something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday season. Gas prices have fallen to well below $3.00 a gallon and AAA predicts most U.S. travelers likely will pay the cheapest Thanksgiving gas prices in five years.
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The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is prepared for increased traffic that’s expected during the Thanksgiving holiday and has several online tools to help motorists plan their trips.
VDOT is suspending highway work zones during the five-day peak Thanksgiving travel period to reduce congestion on interstates and highways. Lane closures will be lifted on most major roads in Virginia from noon Wednesday, Nov. 26, until noon Monday, Dec. 1.
“All travelers should do their part to drive safely during this Thanksgiving holiday by limiting distractions, obeying speed limits, sharing the road and taking breaks to rest at one of our many Safety Rest Areas,” said VDOT Commissioner Charlie Kilpatrick. “We want everyone to reach their destination safely.”
Based on the traffic data, periods of heavy congestion on the most recent Thanksgiving weeks were most likely to occur after noon on Wednesday and after noon on Saturday and Sunday.
High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) restrictions – HOV restrictions on interstates 66, 95 and 395 will be lifted on Thursday, Nov. 27. Normal HOV restrictions will be in place on Wednesday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 28.
Direction schedule for I-95/I-395 reversible lanes – Lanes will run southbound from 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, until midnight Thursday, Nov. 27. Lanes reopen northbound by 2 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 27, and will remain northbound through 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 28. Lanes will reopen southbound by 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, and remain southbound through 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29. Lanes will reopen northbound by 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, and continue northbound through 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1.
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One of the busiest travel holidays of the year, the Thanksgiving holiday means you’ll have plenty of company on the nation’s Interstate Highway system.
A new survey, just published by GasBuddy says 92% of Americans traveling for the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday plan to drive; and 71% are expect to spend less on their trip this year. The survey goes on to say that 31% travelers will be venturing over 500 miles and another 31% will travel between 200 and 500 miles. This year 92% will be driving while just 6.5% will fly.
“The Thanksgiving holiday is such a deeply-rooted part of who we are that families will always do what it takes to bring everybody together regardless of fuel prices,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy. “But the mood we’re getting from our survey results suggests that notably lower gas prices have brought a sense of relief, perhaps some optimism, and also a sense of caution.”
Other interesting facts from the survey…
36% say their Thanksgiving travel begins on Thanksgiving Day. 30% said it starts the day before; 18% say they’re hitting the road 2 to 3 days before.
25% say they’ll fight the tryptophan malaise and drive home later on Thanksgiving Day; but the majority, 42% say they’ll wait 2 to 3 days and drive home Saturday or Sunday. 22% of us expect to hit the road with a fresh start the next morning.
71 percent said they expect to spend less on Thanksgiving this year.
Freeway-improvement projects will require closures or lane restrictions in the Phoenix area this weekend (Nov. 14-17), according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Drivers are encouraged to allow extra travel time or consider alternate routes while the following scheduled weekend restrictions are in place:
– Interstate 10 narrowed to two lanes in both directions at Ray Road from 9 p.m. Friday to noon Sunday (Nov. 16) for sign foundation work. I-10 then narrowed to three lanes in both directions at Ray Rd. from noon Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday (Nov. 17). DETOUR: Please allow extra travel time, consider alternate routes and be prepared to slow down and merge safely approaching the work zone.
– Eastbound I-10 narrowed to one lane, mostly during overnight hours, between Wild Horse Pass Boulevard and Queen Creek Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 15), from 9 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday (Nov. 16) and from 9 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday (Nov. 17) for sign installation and widening work. DETOUR: Please allow extra travel time and consider adjusting travel schedule if possible.
– Westbound Interstate 10 narrowed to one lane between Estrella Parkway and Citrus Road in Goodyear from 11:30 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 15) for lane striping. Westbound I-10 ramp to northbound Loop 303 and southbound Loop 303 ramp to westbound I-10 closed. Westbound I-10 off-ramp at Estrella Parkway closed. DETOUR: Please allow extra travel time and use alternate routes while ramps are closed.
– Westbound Interstate 10 narrowed to one lane near Watson and Miller roads in Buckeye from 11 p.m. Friday to 7 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 15) for bridge work. DETOUR: Please allow extra travel time and use caution in work zones. Alternate routes include southbound Verrado Way to westbound Broadway Road and northbound SR 85.
For a listing of other restrictions for Phoenix-area freeway improvements, including overnight ramp closures, visit www.azdot.gov/OtherClosures.
For a complete list of highway and freeway restrictions around the state visit ADOT’s Travel Information site at www.az511.gov or call 5-1-1. Sign up for ADOT email updates, including weekend freeway restrictions, at www.azdot.gov. Another great way to find out more about ADOT’s projects and programs to improve Arizona’s transportation system is the ADOT blog at www.azdot.gov/blog.
ADOT plans and constructs new freeways, additional lanes and other improvements as part of the Regional Transportation Plan for the Maricopa County region. The primary funding source for regional freeway improvements is a half-cent sales tax approved by county voters in 2004. More information about ADOT projects and the regional plan is available at www.azdot.gov/PhoenixMetro.
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