Expect traffic delays, higher gas prices Thanksgiving weekend

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) More Americans are expected to travel this Thanksgiving weekend than any other holiday in the past twelve years.

AAA projects 51 million people will travel at least 50 miles for their turkey dinner, and in doing so, will likely pay more at the pump. 

The average gallon of gas in Utah hovers around $2.49, up 16 cents over this time last year. 

However, Utahns still have something to be thankful for over the holiday weekend.

AAA reports Utah is still seeing the smallest year-over-year change in the country with gas prices five cents lower than the national average.

The cheapest gasoline in Utah can be found in Salt Lake, Utah, Juab and Sevier Counties. 

After filling up, expect major delays. On Tuesday and Wednesday evening, UDOT anticipates 50,000 more cars on major Utah routes than a typical weekday commute.

“There is going to be more travel out here than we are used to seeing,” UDOT Spokesperson John Gleason said.

To make things a little easier, five major UDOT projects wrapped up before the holiday travel. The projects include the new Bangerter Highway interchange at 7000 South, I-215 West Belt from SR 201 to 4700 South and the Mountain View Corridor extension from 5400 South to 4100 South. 

Across the state, most UDOT projects will be suspended to accommodate the extra traffic. 

“We want to make sure we aren’t throwing up any additional road blocks, staying out of your way as much as possible,” Gleason said.

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