Memorial Day travel is back! 1.2 million Georgians expected to travel 3 years into pandemic – WSB-TV Channel 2

Record high gasoline prices and soaring plane ticket fares aren’t discouraging many people from traveling for this Memorial Day weekend.

AAA predicts nearly 1.2 million Georgians will travel 50 miles or more from their homes.

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“That’s near pre-pandemic levels. Despite that airfare is up about six percent, car rentals are up, hotels are up about 42%. But it’s not deterring people,” AAA spokesman Garrett Townsend said.


AAA estimates the number of Georgia taking to the airways will spike 26% over last year. On Thursday afternoon, Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International was crowded with air travelers. Channel 2′s Tom Regan spoke with one man who’s treating his family, in particular his daughter, to a special vacation.

“She graduated from high school. She loves Disneyland and she always wanted to go to Disneyland so that’s what we are going to do.” Lou Blackman said.

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But air travel could get bumpy. Delta announced it has to cut 100 flights a day during the summer travel season because of a pilot shortage.

Business travelers worry the cancellations will complicate their trips for work.

“I think it’s crazy. It could be very inconvenient. It’s very bad, especially as a businessman. I fly Delta all the time.” Sean Craley said.

Even high gas prices aren’t keeping people from hitting the road for the long holiday weekend. But they could double the cost of a highway journey.

One driver who was heading to Destin, Florida, told Regan it cost $125 to fill up his pickup truck.

“I would really like it if gas prices were lower. This thing drinks.” said driver Brandon Jones.

Management at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport are encouraging air travelers to arrive two to two and half hours before their departure time.

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2 major road projects on I-285 could make your travel times longer – WSB-TV Channel 2

2 major road projects on I-285 could make your travel times longer If you’re planning on using I-285 over the next few days, you may want to prepare yourself for travel times to increase.

NORTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — If you’re planning on using I-285 over the next few days, you may want to prepare yourself for travel times to increase.

Two big road projects on sections of I-285 westbound in north Fulton County.

“Hopefully, eventually, it will decrease the amount of traffic when they finish this construction,” driver Aidan Schettino told Channel 2′s Christian Jennings.

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The Georgia Department of Transportation has shut down the I-285 westbound offramp to Roswell Road. It will not reopen until 5 a.m. on Monday morning. The eastbound ramp is still open.

“You still have to get to point A, point B. The side roads will be bad too, Roswell and Abernathy, but I guess we will have to deal with it,” business owner Chris Deetanna said.


Also on I-285 westbound, big changes are in store for the Peachtree-Dunwoody Rd. exit, which means more delays there too.

“Peachtree-Dunwoody Road will shut down for the weekend. That’s all in anticipation in preparation for a brand new exit point,” Kyle Collins with the Georgia Department of Transportation told Jennings.

Collins added that starting Sunday, there will be a new exit location at Peachtree-Dunwoody Rd.

“As a driver, you’re going to have to think ahead. I know we’re always asking you to do that and be alert and think ahead, but you’re actually going to have to exit once this is finalized,” he said.

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The roads are expected to open back up in time for your Monday morning commute.

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Match Preview: Colorado Rapids 2 Travel West to Take On Earthquakes II

Rapids 2 (1-3-1, 5 pts) will catch a flight to California this weekend to face off against Earthquakes II (2-3-1, 7 pts) on Sunday, May 15 in the team’s fourth road match of the 2022 MLS NEXT Pro season. Kickoff at PayPal Park is set for 8:30 p.m. MT and the match will be broadcast on

“I think coming off the heels of a very difficult game in Houston, we are anxious to put forth the lessons that we have been learning,” said Rapids 2 head coach Erik Bushey. “I think there are a lot of lessons to be learned from the game in Houston, which was a very difficult game. It was a different team for us to put on the field, so within that we gained a lot of very valuable experience and I think we will be better for it coming into this weekend. So, the chance to put that on the field and apply those lessons is motivation in and of itself. Getting another win in the win column is another motivation. Playing against another quality opponent in a quality venue is the same. So, plenty of motivation for us to look forward to.” 

Rapids 2 took the field last weekend in slightly different form than usual with first team loans Darren Yapi, Anthony Markanich and Sebastian Anderson all on the road with the Rapids first team in San Jose. With a few key players absent from Sunday’s starting 11, Rapids 2 defender Steve Flores, midfielder Andres Torres and forward Vlad Walent were asked to step up against an attack-heavy Dynamo 2. The match, which saw the team record a 2-0 loss, was some of the best technical work the team has put forth all season. Colorado managed to maintain nearly 50% of possession while putting up a valiant effort in the attacking third with nine shots, two of which were on goal. 

“Yeah, we are still dealing with change and player fluidity and the movement in and out. For me, that was an exceptional positive from last week. We had young players come in and have to earn some stripes if you will and for the most part passed the test. That will be the same this weekend. There will be no surprise, we will be a young team but the expectation will be greater than last week because they have some very valuable minutes under their belt,” said Bushey. 

A new addition to the Rapids 2 roster, defender Blake Malone logged his first minutes with the Colorado team in the showdown against Dynamo 2. The 21-year-old centerback recorded 13 minutes and is expected to add some additional minutes to his stat line in this weekend’s match versus Earthquakes II.

“I know how high level of an organization the Rapids are and how truly professional they are. I know that for my development personally, it was the right step for me,” said Rapids 2 defender Blake Malone. “Just in the short time that I have been here, I can already tell that it is going to do me wonders and hopefully I can add to this group and make the organization better as a whole and to do what I can as my part. I know just in this short week that they have done so much for me, so I can tell that it is such a professional environment. So, I am glad to be here.” 

The home side of Earthquakes II will host Rapids 2 this Sunday following a 3-0 win against Timbers2, which saw San Jose goalkeeper Emmanuel Ochoa record his second shutout of the season against Portland. As it stands, San Jose sits two points ahead of Colorado in the league standings with six games under their belt while the Rapids have only played five games this season. Sunday’s match will see the two sides go head to head for the first time as the team’s search to establish winning records heading into the remainder of the 2022 MLS NEXT Pro season. 

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2 injured, 1 flown to hospital after semi crash on I-70 EB – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio


Lanes have reopened on eastbound I-70 after a semitrailer crash Thursday morning.

Huber Heights Police said the crash happened when a semi traveling east went off the road and crashed into a sound wall on I-70, west of Old Troy Pike.

>> Stretch of SR 725 shut down in Greene County after single-vehicle crash

The crash was reported just around 8:30 a.m. The interstate fully reopened just before 1:30 p.m.

Multiple medics and a medical helicopter were requested to the scene. Police said two people, a male and female, were reported trapped in the crash.

One person was taken to Miami Valley Hospital by ambulance and another was flown to Miami Valley Hospital, according to Sgt. Brian Carr.

The crash closed the ramps from I-75 onto I-70 east, they have since reopened.

Traffic delays of roughly 15 minutes have been reported in the area, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Carr said an accident investigation team will investigate the crash.

We’ll update this story as we learn more.

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Rockdale County deputy hit, killed by 16-year-old driver while he directed traffic – WSB-TV Channel 2

Rockdale County deputy hit, killed while directing traffic The driver who hit the deputy remained on the scene, but it’s unclear if they will face any charges.

ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. — A Rockdale County sheriff’s deputy has died after being hit by a car while directing traffic, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputy Walter Jenkins, 54, was directing traffic on Georgia Hwy. 138 at Hwy. 912 around 9:30 p.m. when he was hit by a silver Kia Sportage.

Georgia State Patrol says the car was being driven by a 16-year-old girl.

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GSP said the teenager drove into the intersection where Jenkins was directing traffic and hit him with the front of her car. He was wearing a reflective vest while standing in the intersection.

Jenkins was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where he died from his injuries.

Just before 2 a.m., the office said Jenkins’ body was being taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for an autopsy by a police escort.


The sheriff’s office said that the teenage driver stayed on the scene. There is no word on if she will face any charges.

GSP says the accident is still under investigation.

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This Travel Trend Has Seen the Most Growth in the Last 2 Years, According to Google

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Air Travel with Pets (Part 2)

(WNDU) – If summertime means travel time for you and your pets, you’ll want to hear this.

Our Pet Vet, Dr. David Visser, has some important tips about air travel with your dog or cat.

If you want to contact the Pet Vet, Dr. David Visser, you can reach him at the Center for Animal Health by calling 888-pets-vets. You can also send him an email at

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2 Diamond League track meets in China called off

MONACO (AP) — Two Diamond League track meets scheduled to be held in China were canceled Friday because of coronavirus-related restrictions and a substitute event in Poland was added to the calendar.

The mid-season meets in Shanghai and Shenzhen were called off “due to travel restrictions and strict quarantine requirements currently in place for entry into China,” organizers said in a statement.

The league said it “looks forward to hosting events in China again from 2023 onwards.”

The substitute event will be held in Chorzow, Poland, on Aug. 6. The series concludes at the Diamond League final in Zurich on Sept. 7-8.

China has stuck to its strict “zero-COVID” approach that restricts travel, tests entire cities and sets up sprawling facilities to try to isolate every infected person.

Two meets in China were also canceled last year for similar reasons.


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Traffic Alerts: May 2 – NBC2 News

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