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AAA projects more than 38 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend.Triple-A spokesperson Lindsay Hawkins says it could be the second-highest Memorial Day travel volume on record, and the most since 2005.

Triple-A spokesperson Lindsay Hawkins says it could be the second-highest Memorial Day travel volume on record, and the most since 2005.

“In western and Central New York, we’re seeing a lot of families going to Orlando, Myrtle Beach, Washington, D.C., New York City and Boston: Some destinations that you can fly to, and some that you can drive to.”

The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 26 to Monday, May 30.

The average price of a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline in Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse are up three cents over the past week according to the latest AAA survey.

The statewide average is $2.43, up a nickel from last week.

“That’s 45-cents less than last year, compared to five years ago, we were paying $3.79 a gallon. So, this extra money that you’re saving from the low gas prices is definitely driving people to take a trip this Memorial Day.”

Crude oil is costing more because of supply disruptions by Canadian wildfires and problems in other oil producing countries.

Hawkins says about 700,000 more people will travel compared to last year.

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