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AAA: 2.6 million Floridians expected to travel for Independence Day

According to a survey by AAA, The Auto Club Group, 2.6 million Florida residents expect to travel at least 50 miles between July 3 and July 7, joining 48.9 million Americans around the country. Pictured are people in the Fourth of July parade in Brooksville in 2008. [Times (2008)]
Published Jun. 26

Floridians are expected to come out in record numbers for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

According to a survey by AAA, the Auto Club Group, 2.6 million Florida residents expect to travel at least 50 miles between July 3 and July 7. They will be among an estimated 48.9 million travelers nationally.

Most Floridians (2.3 million) will travel by car, followed by plane travelers (196,600) and those using other means of transportation, such as rail (137,000).

"Travel times will nominally increase throughout the week, but Wednesday afternoon will certainly be the worst time to be on the road," Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA, said. "In major metros, drivers could face delays as much as four times a normal commute. To avoid congestion leave early, identify alternative routes, and don't drive through major metros between 3 and 7 p.m."

Contact Malena Carollo at mcarollo@tampabay.com or (727) 892-2249. Follow @malenacarollo.

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