Hoosiers taking to the roads, sky for Memorial Day travel

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 23, 2014) — Hoosiers are among the millions of Americans getting ready to travel far away from home this Memorial Day weekend, while many will stick around for the big race.

AAA Travel forecasts 36.1 million Americans will venture 50 miles or more from home during the holiday weekend.  That represents a 1.5 percent increase from last year’s travel estimate.

With 80 percent of travelers planning to drive, AAA and Hoosier drivers are expecting an increase in traffic delays.

“I don’t know,” said Sarah Ohmer, who is driving to Chicago.  “I’m hoping since it’s Friday during the day it’ll be alright.”

Nationally, AAA said holiday gas prices are expected to be the same or slightly less than Memorial Day weekend last year.

However, IndyGasPrices.com, which monitors central Indiana’s fuel costs, pegged the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Indianapolis at about $3.87 for regular unleaded. The average price for a gallon one year ago was $3.75, the website shows.

Many Hoosiers are also expected to take to the sky, with Indianapolis International Airport expecting a large number of visitors flying in for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.

AAA Travel estimates 2.6 million Americans will use airline travel to get to their Memorial Day weekend destination.