AAA forecasts more Labor Day travel by Ohioans

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Auto club AAA says travel nationally and by Ohioans is expected to increase slightly this year during the five-day Labor Day period as consumer spending continues to rise.

AAA estimates more than 1.4 million Ohioans will travel at least 50 miles from home during the holiday period between Thursday and Monday. That would be up about 0.5 percent from last year.

Nationally, about 34.7 million people are expected to take a trip, an increase of 1.3 percent from last year.

Nearly 86 percent of those are expected to hit the road, and more than 7 percent are expected to travel by air.

Ohio's Department of Transportation says work in most construction zones will be suspended during the holiday weekend, though motorists should allow extra travel time in case of congestion.