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More people to travel for Fourth

The number of people halsey.gifwho say they plan to head away from the Washington region in the coming holiday weekend is 18.4 percent higher than last year but still below pre-recession levels.

"As the economy goes, so goes leisure travel," said John B. Townsend II, spokesman for the American Automobile Association, which produced the survey. "Our area economy is rebounding steadily, and as a result, for the first time in two years Washingtonians are traveling in greater numbers during the major three-day holidays of the summer."

The survey found that 817,458 people said they would travel, an increase of 19 percent in people who said they would go by automobile and a 9 percent increase in those who said they would fly. Nationally, AAA said 35 million people expected to travel 50 or more miles, a 17 percent increase over 2009.

-- Ashley Halsey III

Dr. Gridlock: Planning your getaway

By Michael Bolden  | June 29, 2010; 8:23 AM ET
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Anyone notice the mess on Braddock from 495 toward Burke/Fairfac City? It is extremely backed up right until Wakefield Chapel road where it really opens up.

I was upset with the timing on the lights, as they only stayed green for a short time. Something is wrong there. I know it's high traffic, but the lights were just not helping.

Posted by: SA-Town | June 29, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

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