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Travelers gearing up for holiday

Matthew LeBlancMay 22, 2019

Indy 500 drivers won’t be the only ones starting their engines over the holiday weekend.

The 103rd running of the race is scheduled Sunday in Indianapolis, but AAA, local police and other transportation experts are expecting Memorial Day traffic on roads in Indiana and across the United States to begin this week.

“Friday and Monday may be a bit busier, as those are typically the travel days,” Lt. Tony Maze of the Fort Wayne Police Department said in an email. “A lot may depend on the weather and how far people may be traveling.”

The National Weather Service predicts partly cloudy skies for Fort Wayne starting Thursday, and AAA officials say that’s when more than 43 million Americans : nearly 4% more than last year : will begin getaways for the holiday weekend. About 915,000 Hoosiers will travel, according to the auto club, with about 827,000 of those expected to leave by car : an increase of more than 3% over 2018.

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