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AAA projects nearly 650,000 Coloradans to travel this Labor Day weekend

Posted at 1:40 PM, Aug 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-29 15:40:01-04

COLORADO – The American Automobile Association says more than 640,000 Coloradans will be traveling over the upcoming Labor Day weekend.

This is the most Labor Day travel since 2005, according to AAA. More than 600,000 Coloradans are expected to travel 50 miles or more over the holiday weekend.

AAA says drivers should expect a small increase in gas prices this Labor Day. Colorado drivers are expected to pay anywhere between $2.80 and $2.95 per gallon through the weekend.

Some of the priciest gas in the state will be in the Vail area sitting at a whopping $3.24 a gallon with some of the lowest in the Boulder-Longmont area at $2.71 a gallon, according to AAA. Denver sits at $2.77 a gallon, which is six cents lower than the national average.

AAA also says drivers should plan to travel in the early morning hours because traffic and heavy congestion is expected. Delays are expected near Denver due to the I-70 project between Brighton Boulevard and Chambers Road. This also applies to those traveling between Monument and Castle Rock due to the I-25 Gap project, AAA said.

The automobile company is also expecting more than 7,000 drivers to need assistance over the holiday weekend. AAA projects 20 percent of those calls will be battery-related, 15 percent with locksmith services, 18 percent tire or fuel related, and 49 percent will involve a tow.

So, be prepared, and have your car inspected by a trusted mechanic before traveling.

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