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Fewer road trips, and a lot less flying this summer in US

Brad Williams

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Now that Americans are feeling the freedom to travel again, millions of them are expected to hit the road this summer. 

The AAA predicts about 700 million trips will be taken in the U.S., during July, August, and September.  

That will be down about 15 per cent from the total number of trips taken in the summer of 2019. 

AAA predicts a 74 per cent drop in airplane travel compared to last year, and 86 per cent fewer cruises or railroad trips, but the number of car trips will go down only about 3 per cent. 

How busy will the highways be? 

The travel organization says Wisconsin and Iowa will be among states where traffic congestion will be the highest this summer. 

Minnesota is in the middle group of states, and road congestion will be low in Illinois, including Chicago. 

Because of coronavirus, the agency made no predictions this year on the amount of holiday travel for either Memorial Day or the 4th of July.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.