Traveling? Check Out some Roads to Avoid

Posted at: 08/30/2013 4:18 PM
Updated at: 08/30/2013 10:24 PM
By: Alan Hoglund

Millions of Americans are hitting the road, ahead of those Labor Day weekend get-togethers. AAA says more than 34 million of you will travel 50 or more miles.

Superior's Beth Davidson told Eyewitness News Friday that she was headed about 145 miles to Barron. "I'm going camping with my son and daughter-in-law and three small grandkids."

Davidson was the only person we found over the course of a couple of hours who actually had plans to travel on the holiday weekend. The rest talked about staying home, working, or visiting with family nearby.

That is despite AAA reporting that 1.4 million more Americans plan to travel at least 50 miles than last year.

So if you are traveling, what should you avoid?

There is a five-mile section of Interstate 35 just outside of Duluth that's under construction, meaning single-lane traffic. According to Mn/DOT's Beth Petrowske, drivers "will probably experience some backups on Friday evening heading northbound and on Monday heading southbound."

If you think that's annoying, think back to last Labor Day. "Last year we had multiple projects and it was a difficult summer for motorists," Petrowske said.

Six projects, actually. All of them were between Duluth and the Twin Cities.

Other projects to keep in mind happening this year: Painting on the Blatnik Bridge connecting Duluth and Superior, and resurfacing on Highway 169 near Tower and Ely.

For those of you braving the roads, there's some good news to share. Average gas prices compared to last Labor day are down 15 cents in Minnesota, according to AAA. They report Wisconsin's average down by more than double that, or 32 cents per gallon.

The best time to leave town has already passed. But when you're coming back home, Mn/DOT suggests waiting until Tuesday if you can, especially if you need to drive south on Interstate 35.