Travelers to Pack Roads This Holiday Season Despite High Fuel Prices

NOVEMBER 21, 2005 - Posted at 3:36 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Travelers for the Thanksgiving holiday are expected to pack the state's highways and airports despite high fuel prices.  Officials are recommending that wayfarers allow extra time to get where they are going.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says there will be no lane closures on interstate highways for the holiday travel period.  Of 50 projects in the $1 billion interstate improvement program, the only one in progress is the expansion of Interstate 40 in North Little Rock.

Mike Right of the AAA says an estimated 37.3 million people people will travel for Thanksgiving.  That's up less than one percent from a year ago.  That's up less than one percent from a year ago.  Right says the number would have been bigger if gas prices weren't so high.

The Transportation Security Administration is urging air travelers to keep in mind security procedures that will consume time as they try to board.  The agency says travelers should have their travel documents, ticket and identification, within easy reach.  Also, the agency says travelers should have their coats and jackets off when they get to security stations and their carry-on items should be ready to be inspected.

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