Expect busy roads during holiday travel period

Low gas prices are contributing to the increase

I-5 north of Vancouver, I-5 around Wilsonville and I-26 around Beaverton are some of the most congested areas. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — More than 100 million Americans will travel for the holiday season, according to AAA. That is a 1.4% increase over last year. 91% of those travelers will go by car.

Locally, 1.2 million Oregonians will travel over the holiday period, which is considered to be December 23 to January 3. 1.1 million Oregonians will drive to their holiday destination and most are driving more than 50 miles.

Officials with AAA say the increase in holiday travel is due to an improved labor market and low gas prices. Gas prices are the lowest since 2008.

Christmas Gas Prices, Dec. 2015 (COURTESY AAA)
Christmas Gas Prices, Dec. 2015 (COURTESY AAA)

The national average for gas is $2.01 a gallon and is expected to fall below $2.00 by Christmas. In Oregon, the average price for a gallon of regular is $2.29, 48 cents lower than last year.

 

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