Labor Day expected to bring lots of visitors, traffic to Southwest Florida

Reporter: Michelle Alvarez Writer: Matthew Seaver
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FILE: Traffic on a Southwest Florida bridge. (Credit: WINK News)

Millions of Americans have plans this holiday weekend, whether it’s visiting family or enjoying a staycation on one of Southwest Florida’s beautiful beaches.

AAA says around 137 million people, more than a third of all Americans, are expected to travel over Labor Day weekend, so Southwest Florida’s roads will likely be packed.

People will be filling up the beaches, and when it comes to taking a road trip, the earlier you hit the road, the better chance you have of avoiding any major traffic.

WINK News spoke with one woman who said she didn’t travel much last year due to COVID-19, but now she’s all ready to go. Especially with gas being a little cheaper than just a few months ago.

“I mean, I have had all my shots, my booster, and my family already has them, I’m OK,” said Judy Berkowitz, who is traveling for Labor Day. “I would’ve hesitated if they were up $5, but now I feel comfortable.”

More than 53% of American adults have plans to get out and do something for the weekend, meaning Southwest Florida’s roads, beaches and airports will be swamped.

Officials say traffic is expected to be heavy late Monday afternoon as people return home from the long weekend.

Florida Highway Patrol says it will be out on the roads making sure everyone is driving safely.

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