The traffic jams we can anticipate on highways like Route 22 this holiday weekend will plague American highways routinely by as soon as 2020 without increases in traffic capacity or other solutions, according to a travel-industry study.
In a report released Thursday, the U.S. Travel Association joins a growing list of engineers, contractors and other business interests, as well as federal and state agencies and officials, urging Congress and state governments to add new lanes and new highways. Long lead times for planning, design, environmental and other permitting before construction begins emphasize the need for early project starts.
“At current rates of highway-traffic growth, unless additional capacity … is created through expansion of existing infrastructure, new facilities or innovative techniques, the typical day will approach Labor Day peaks” of frustrating traffic jams, concludes the study by consultant Cambridge Systems Inc.
Though none of the interstates in the Lehigh Valley region are among the 16 segments used in the examination, the roads’ geographical diversity suggests that “together, they provide a reliable snapshot of the growing congestion on America’s highways” generally, according to U.S. Travel.
Prices at the pump have been inching higher all month, but don’t expect the trend to continue, according to AAA.
The summer driving season spikes demand and tends to push prices higher, and the recent rise may have been partly fueled by concerns about a possible confrontation with Iran over its nuclear program, according to the drivers’ association.
The outlook, though, is for prices to stay level through Labor Day.
At the end of June, a gallon of regular averaged 3.40 a gallon in the five-county Philadelphia area.
The 24th annual Heart of Lancaster Fine Art and Craft Show will be held Labor Day Weekend at Root’s Market, 705 Graystone Road (off Route 72), Manheim. For the second year, it will be a two-day event, with hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3 and 4…
Just wishing everyone a safe and happy Labor Day weekend which officially starts in a few hours. Also, TGIF!!!
It’s hard to believe that the summer is going, going, gone. Life goes back into high gear for most folks on Tuesday. Summer is the fastest season of them all. It literally is a blink of an eye.
Stay safe and enjoy the last hurrah of Summer 2009!