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Labor Day Weekend Kicks Off with Rush Hour Traffic

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Drivers head to Delaware beaches on Rt. 1 as Labor Day weekend kicks off. (Photo: WBOC) Drivers head to Delaware beaches on Rt. 1 as Labor Day weekend kicks off. (Photo: WBOC)

LEWES, Del. -- AAA expects more than 35 million Americans to travel more than 50 miles for Labor Day weekend.

That includes the Gwendolen and P.J. Morgan who were heading to Rehoboth from Cape Charles, VA. Friday afternoon.

"Well today is my birthday," said Gwendolen Morgan. "We're just coming here to finish school shopping and just get off the shore for a little while."

Delaware's Department of Transportation is expecting a high volume of people to head out to the beach Labor Day weekend, so they will be monitoring traffic signals for heavy congestion.

DelDot says it's postponing planned lane closures beginning at noon Friday Sept. 4 lasting until midnight Monday Sept. 7. 

Maryland's transportation department says its also prepared for the more than 350-thousand drivers expected to travel on Rt. 50 throughout the holiday weekend.

For some Sussex County locals they say they're not in any hurry to get anywhere.

"I go a little slower," said Jackie Dormey, "we tend not to do a lot of highway driving on holiday weekends or on Saturday. That tends to be our stay at home day, do our chores and stuff and then enjoy the rest of the week when it's not so crowded."

With all the traffic congestion that builds up Coastal Highway, Rt. 50 and others, drivers say it doesn't hurt to have lower gas prices.

"I think this is great. I hope they keep going down. I'm looking now at $2.33 that's a bargain for me," said Dormey.

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