Labor day travel expected to increase in Colorado

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Travel over Labor Day is expected to jump according to AAA.

AAA projects 573,000 Coloradans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the upcoming holiday, which is a 3.6% increase from last year.

The reason behind the jump in holiday travel is mainly due to increased consumer spending and the improving housing market.

Travelers won't be flying, though.

Most Coloradans will be hitting the roads, in fact about 84% of travelers plan to drive to their destination.

Gas prices are about the same this year compared to the same time last year. In Colorado the current average is $3.48/gallon for regular unleaded gasoline, which is a penny lower than a year ago.

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