Memorial Day travel dips

By Kelly McCarthy
By Sam Gaddes

May 24, 2013 Updated May 24, 2013 at 9:14 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Although Memorial Day weekend is typically one of the busiest travel times of the year, experts say there will be fewer people on the road and in the skies in 2013.

A dip is expected in Memorial Day travel this year.

AAA expects holiday air travel to decrease 8 percent, to 2.3 million travelers this year.

The majority of Memorial Day travelers, some 89 percent, are expected to travel by car.

AAA says those who choose to drive should be aware of the heavy construction season.

"Naturally you want to be on the lookout for the construction that you haven't seen since the cold weather began, it's not fully underway in most areas so expect some delays along the trip and allow a little extra time for that," said President of the Southern Tier AAA, Richard Jacobs.

Jacobs says the Route 17 and Interstate 81 construction will really slow things down for many travelers.

On the upside, most GPS devices can show drivers where construction projects and heavy traffic are happening.They also have the capabilities to provide alternate routes.