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Tri-state residents prepare for Labor Day weekend

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KANAWHA COUNTY, WV -  For many years the price of gas has been stopping some people from traveling on Labor Day weekend, but that doesn't seem to be the case this year.

“They seem to be a little lower,” said Bianca Williams, who is traveling with her family to Tennessee. “I use my Kroger card so I get 45 cents less a gallon.”

AAA projects 35 million people will hit the road this holiday weekend. It is the highest number of travelers since the recession hit in 2008. Many residents in the tri-state are revving up their engines, getting ready to hit the road.

“We go fishing alot, just go up to camp,” said Mallory Koss, a Kanawha County resident.

"It's time to just sit back, relax, meet other people, try new things,” said Bill Meyers, who is traveling to Virginia Beach.

Low gas prices in the tri-state are helping with transportation costs. The average price for a gallon of gas is $3.43 in West Virginia, that's 10 cents lower than this time last year.

“At least it's come down a little bit, in the last month or so I'd say,” said Koss.

Travel experts say most people will be opting to travel by car this weekend and to budget extra time for traffic as you hit the road.