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Holiday travel could be interesting this weekend

By Keith Boles - bio | email feedback

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) --Planning on traveling this weekend? Here are some things you might run in to. Busy roads, high gas prices that may be over 3 bucks in some places and some bad weather.

Stopping by the local state garage,I could see they were prepared at the Highway Department. I saw  a plow, a sand truck and a de-icer. But just in case, in case nothing happens that is. They're locked up and ready for the Christmas weekend.

Some of you will choose flying as your preferred method of travel. There is no TSA at Jonesboro but when you get to the bigger airports, that's a whole different story.

Air travelers should see more airport security than last holiday season. Better add another hour or more for screening at the airport just to be on the safe side.

As millions of people get on the road to visit friends and family, Triple A is saying the average gas prices on Christmas Day could hit $3 a gallon for regular unleaded- 40 cents more than last year and up $1.35 over 2008.

Andrew Newsom was traveling from Jonesboro to Mountain Home and stopped off in Hoxie to get gas.

"I was actually hacked off a little bit that I passed up some cheaper ones in town before I got here. But I was here and there wasn't too much more past this so you gotta do what you gotta do."

 Despite the high cost of car travel, AAA still expects huge numbers of drivers on the road. The organization says more people will travel this year compared with 2008 and 2009. About 92.3 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home over the holidays. Most of them - will travel by car.

Have a safe and joyful holiday.

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