Troy Gearing Up for Memorial Day Traffic


By Brittany Bivins

Businesses along Highway 231 in Troy are getting ready for one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. But they aren't the only ones. Police are stepping up their patrols, too.

About 40,000 cars travel along Highway 231 on an average day, and Troy Police say that number will double this weekend. Sgt. Bryan Weed with the Troy Police Department says they're stepping up patrols to prepare for the increase in traffic.

"our traffic, people going to the beach and extended weekend, three-day weekend, you're just going to have a real influx in traffic, and also when it comes to an influx of traffic, you're going to have an influx in traffic accidents," said Weed.

Many local businesses, including gas stations, say they count on the holiday weekend booms to get them through the summer season. Some say they're adding extra shifts to keep up with the demand, which started Thursday.

"We've seen a lot of students that have graduated going down to the beach, we've seen a lot of people going on family vacations down to the beach, too, so I guess everyone's getting out of school and they're ready to go to the beach," said Linsday Shoemaker, who works at Z-Tec.

Triple-A predicts 35-million people will travel more than 50 miles from home this Memorial Day weekend. That's down about one percent from last year.


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