July 4th travel expected to set travel record

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I-95-Toll-PlazaMore Delawareans will take to the roads over the Fourth of July weekend, Wilmington-based AAA Mid-Atlantic reported.

The nearly 43 million people Americans projected to travel represents the highest Fourth of July travel volume on record and five million more travelers compared to Memorial Day weekend.

AAA Mid-Atlantic projects more than 115,000 Delawareans will take a trip, a 1.6 percent increase over last year. AAA defines the holiday travel period as Thursday, June 30 to Monday, July 4.

“Lower gas and airfare prices are prompting more people to travel for the long Fourth of July weekend,” says Jim Lardear, Director of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Nearly 10,000 more Delawareans will travel for Independence Day compared to Memorial Day.”

AAA expects most U.S. drivers will pay the lowest Independence Day gas prices since 2005. The price of gas in Delaware is $2.17, more than 50 cents below the same date a year ago

From July 1 through July 5 of last year, AAA Mid-Atlantic helped more than 25,000 motorists with vehicle issues, 1,089 of that number were in Delaware. The primary reasons for roadside service include dead batteries, lockouts and flat tires

Air travel will show the highest growth by mode as airfares are down by 15 percent for the year. According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index, average airfares for the top 40 domestic flight routes will be nine percent less this Independence Day, with an average roundtrip ticket costing $207.
Hotel costs have fallen slightly compared to last Independence Day. AAA Three Diamond Rated hotels will average $185, while a AAA Two Diamond Rated hotel will average $144 nightly.
Also spurring travel is the fact that  2016 will be the fourth consecutive year of a five-day Independence Day holiday travel period.

2016 Projected Independence Day Holiday Travelers

Delaware

NUMBER OF TRAVELERS

Total Population

2016

Travelers

% population traveling

% change vs. 2015

Delaware TOTAL
Auto, Air & Other

945,934*

115,404

12.2%

1.6%

Delaware Auto

86.9% of people travel by car

100,269

10.6%

1.6%

Delaware Air 

7.4% of people travel by air

8,513

0.9%

1.4%

National TOTAL

324.5 million*

42.9 million

13.2%

1.3%

National Auto

84.4% of people travel by car

36.3 million

11.2%

1.2%

National Air

7.8% of people travel by air

3.34 million

1%

2.2%

                                                     *U.S. Census Bureau/IHS Global Insight

July 4th Holiday 2015 – Toll Plaza Traffic Counts (Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5)

I-95 Newark Toll Plaza
Friday: 113,582
Saturday: 69,729
Sunday: 122,063
Biddles Toll Plaza 
Friday: 65,763
Saturday: 47,264
Sunday: 60,064
Dover Toll Plaza 
Friday: 60,064
Saturday: 44,678
Sunday: 65,376
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