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AAA predicting 37 million travelers on the roads for Memorial Day weekend despite higher gas prices

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- If you're planning on hitting the road this Memorial Day weekend, you'll want to plan for extra travel time. 

AAA predicts around 37 million people nationwide will be traveling more than 50 miles from their homes this weekend. That means more people will be filling up their gas tanks. 

According to Gasbuddy.com, the average gas price in Milwaukee is $3.04. In Green Bay, the average price for a gallon of gas is $2.87 and in Chicago, it's $3.33. The national average stands at $2.85. AAA says gas prices are at their highest since 2014. 

CBS News travel expert Peter Greenburg says that won't deter people from traveling. He says if you're headed to places in the Midwest like Minnesota, Illinois, or Iowa, you may see some relief at the pumps there. 

"The average gas price is about $2.85, so you're a little bit higher than the national average. THat's where it is going to stay. You're probably going to find gas prices a little bit lower in those destinations that you mentioned than in Wisconsin," said Greenburg. 

Greenburg says that in the past when gas prices were high, there were fewer cars on the roads, but more people were in those cars so it wasn't stopping people from making their holiday trips. 

The Wisconsin DOT is stopping construction in most work zones starting at noon on Friday. The DOT is urging drivers to still allow extra travel time and expect slower travel in work zones during peak travel times. 


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