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AAA Predicts Less Carolinas Travel Over July 4th Holiday

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -

AAA Carolinas predicts that higher gas prices and a shorter holiday will mean fewer South Carolinians hit the road for July 4th this year.
 
The holiday falls on a Thursday, meaning the potential for a five-day weekend. That's one day less than last year, when July 4th was on a Wednesday.
 
South Carolina's average gas price of $3.22 per gallon is the lowest in the country, but AAA says that's 11 percent higher than this time last year. On July 2, 2012, gas in South Carolina bottomed out at $2.91 per gallon.
 
The highest price right now is in Charleston at $3.26. South Carolina's cheapest gas is in Spartanburg at $3.13.
 
AAA says more than 470,000 South Carolinians will be on the roads over this year's July 4th holiday.

Nearly 1 million expected in North Carolina to drive for July 4th

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - AAA Carolinas expects nearly a million North Carolina motorists will travel for the Independence Day holiday, slightly less than for the same period last year.

The motor club says the change is the result of a shorter holiday period and higher gas prices.
Last year, July 4 fell on a Wednesday, creating a six-day holiday travel period compared to five days this year. The extended holiday period last year resulted in a higher travel forecast.

Although gas prices have remained mostly flat for the past two months, they are 8 percent higher than Independence Day 2012.

The average for unleaded regular gas is $3.44, compared to $3.18 on July 4, 2012.

Charlotte has the most expensive gas in the state at $3.49. The cheapest is in High Point at $3.33.

NCDOT suspends highway construction for July 4th

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina Department of Transportation is suspending most of its construction projects on the state's highways to help keep the July 4 holiday traffic flowing smoothly.

Starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday, most construction projects along interstate, North Carolina and U.S. routes will be suspended until 9 a.m.  Friday.

Construction work will continue on U.S. 1 just north of Southern Pines, U.S. 158 in Elizabeth City, I-73 in Guilford County and U.S. 17 Business in Jacksonville.

Motorists can get up-to-date travel information while they are traveling by calling 511 or visiting the transportation department's website at www.ncdot.gov .

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