According to AAA, the Thanksgiving holiday will likely see packed highways, despite record high gas prices.

Nationwide, AAA estimates 38.7 million people will travel 50 miles or more over the four-day holiday period with 80 percent of them driving.

In Oklahoma, the number of people expected to drive is 442,000, an increase of 0.5 percent over last year, according to AAA numbers.

AAA Oklahoma spokesman Chuck Mai said the high gas prices are a trend but, “Thanksgiving is traditionally a time for family gatherings and higher gas prices are apparently not discouraging Oklahomans and other from across the U. S. from connecting with their loved ones.”

The national average for a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline is 3.112 and Oklahoma’s average is 3.073, according to AAA numbers.

New Jersey has the lowest prices and California the highest.

If you are going to be on the highways for the holiday, there are some areas of construction in Oklahoma that will affect travel.

Three different projects are going on along I-35 according to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

In Noble County, the interstate is narrowed to one line in both directions at mile marker 199 for replacement of bridges. The speed limit is reduced on I-35 west of Stillwater in Payne County and near Blackwell in Kay County.

On I-40, eastbound traffic is narrowed to one lane east of Weatherford between the Caddo-Custer county line and State Highway 58 for a resurfacing project.

There is also construction west of Shawnee on I-40 and in Oklahoma City between MacArthur Boulevard and Morgan Road.

Near Tulsa, the right lane of westbound U. S. Highway 412 is closed between 7th Street and 81st Street for resurfacing.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol will also be out in force as part of “Operation C.A.R.E,” a national traffic enforcement campaign. The program started in 1977 and encompasses all 50 states, said the OHP.

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