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Nearly 200,000 Idahoans projected to travel for Labor Day

Based on historical trends and lower gas prices, AAA Idaho says it’s reasonable to project that 198,000 Idahoans will take advantage of warm weather for a Labor Day getaway.

Nationwide, up to 36 million Americans could follow suit. About 90 percent will drive.

“Historically, Labor Day isn’t as busy as Memorial Day or Independence Day, but it’s definitely a chance for one last summer adventure,” says AAA Idaho public affairs director Matthew Conde. “The roads could get more congested on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning as commuters head to work while vacationers get an early jump on the weekend. Some of our two-lane state highways could also get pretty crowded as people camp, hike, and explore the backcountry.”

Favorable gas prices, which have steadily dropped across the Gem State since Memorial Day, will motivate some last-minute travel.

In Idaho, the current price for regular gasoline is $2.82, which is eight cents less than a month ago and 43 cents less than a year ago. As of Monday, the Gem State was leading the nation with the biggest decrease in gas prices year-to-date. Idaho’s gas prices are the 9th highest overall, down from 7th place a couple of months ago.

U.S. average price is $2.58, which is 16 cents less than a month ago and 26 cents less than a year ago.

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