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Americans Drive a Combined Average of 25 Billion Miles During the Holiday Season

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Winter weather is here – just in time for many Americans to embark on holiday road trips. According to an online survey commissioned by Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) and fielded by Harris Poll in October 2015,* Americans log a combined national average of 25 billion miles on the road to visit family and spend a combined average of $52 billion on travel during the holiday season.** Although many will be taking holiday road trips, only a quarter (26 percent) of drivers in Snowbelt states already have installed or plan to install winter tires this year.

“Many Americans are traveling for the holidays, but most haven’t fully prepared their vehicles to take on challenging winter driving conditions,” said Chris Welty, Bridgestone tire education specialist. “Winter tires are built specially to give drivers better grip, stopping power and more control in snow, slush and ice. The thin layer of water on the road from ice or melting snow can be very dangerous, and winter tires are designed to clear that icy water and grip the road.”

Although they’re planning to drive 147 miles on average to different family members’ homes this holiday season, many Americans are troubled by the freezing temperatures and treacherous driving conditions that accompany the start of winter. Seventy-one percent of drivers admit they are nervous to drive when it’s icy, and many also are nervous to drive during heavy fog (52 percent), heavy rain (48 percent), sleet (47 percent) and snow (45 percent). In fact, when Americans were asked what they dislike in general about the winter season, driving issues topped the list, specifically icy roads (59 percent) and other drivers who drive dangerously (55 percent). Other major dislikes include heating bills (47 percent), removing snow and ice from their vehicle (43 percent), and even cold feet (38 percent).

“It’s clear from our survey findings that Americans are worried about driving in winter weather,” said Welty. “Making the switch to winter tires can help ensure that drivers feel confident in every winter driving condition – whether they are headed to Grandma’s house this holiday or sticking closer to home. The holiday season can be stressful, but hitting the road in winter weather doesn’t have to be.”

To make sure their vehicles are road trip ready, most of those who currently own a vehicle (74 percent) prepare for winter by checking tire pressure (48 percent), windshield wipers (46 percent) or fluid levels (45 percent). When it comes to preparing a vehicle for winter weather, Bridgestone encourages drivers to remember the four B’s – battery, brakes, blades and Blizzak winter tires.

For information about Bridgestone Blizzak winter tires or to find a Bridgestone retailer, visit www.ConquertheCold.com.


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AAA Says 46.9 Million Americans Traveling for Thanksgiving Holiday 2015

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AAA Travel forecasts 46.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday, a 0.6 percent increase over the 46.6 million people who traveled last year and the most since 2007. With 300,000 additional holiday travelers, this marks the seventh consecutive year of growth for Thanksgiving travel. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, November 25 to Sunday, November 29.

“This Thanksgiving, more Americans will carve out time to visit friends and family since 2007,” said Marshall Doney, AAA President and CEO. “While many people remain cautious about the economy and their finances, many thankful Americans continue to put a premium on traveling to spend the holiday with loved ones.”

Despite improvements in the economy, including steady wage growth, rising disposable income and a falling unemployment rate, consumers remain cautious about their finances. However, gas prices remain well below 2014 levels, providing an early holiday bonus to the more than 89 percent of holiday travelers who will drive to their destinations.

“One holiday gift has come early this year. Americans will likely pay the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2008. Lower prices are helping boost disposable income, and enabling families to kick off the holiday season with a Thanksgiving getaway,” continued Doney.

Driving remains most popular mode of travel for Thanksgiving

Nearly 42 million Americans will take a holiday road trip this Thanksgiving, an increase of 0.7 percent over last year. Air travel is expected to increase by 0.1 percent, with 3.6 million Americans flying to their holiday destinations. Travel by other modes of transportation, including cruises, trains and buses, will decrease 1.4 percent this Thanksgiving, to 1.4 million travelers.

Lowest Thanksgiving gas prices in seven years expected

Drivers nationwide continue to experience significant yearly savings in the price of gas and AAA estimates that consumers are saving nearly $265 million on gasoline every day compared to a year ago. This has helped boost disposable income, enabling many Americans to travel this Thanksgiving. Most U.S. drivers will pay the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2008. Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.15, 65 cents less than the average price on Thanksgiving last year ($2.80).


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I-10 Traffic Impacts in Florida October 17 Thru 23

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The Florida Department of Transportation is reporting the following traffic impacts on I-10 from October 17 thru October 23.

Baker County

– The east and west bound rest area restrooms at mile marker 318 will be temporarily closed Tuesday and Wednesday for water system upgrades. The vending and parking areas will remain open.

Duval County

– Continuous inside eastbound and westbound lane and off-ramp lane closures on I-10 at State Road 23/Cecil Commerce Center Parkway in preparation for building new interchange.

– Nighttime eastbound lane closures on I-10 at Hammond Boulevard Monday through Wednesday and westbound lane closures Wednesday through Friday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. for overpass construction. Detour to the new on and off ramps around the construction area.

– Nighttime eastbound lane closures I-10 from Lane Avenue to Ellis Road Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. for concrete work in the median as part of the widening project.

Madison County

– Daytime lane closures Monday through Thursday from the Jefferson County line to approximately 11 miles east to install guardrail, pave median crossovers and place the final layer of asphalt.

– The eastbound rest area at mile marker 265 east of County Road 255 is temporarily closed starting Monday for one week for resurfacing of the parking area.


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Work Continues on New Mexico I-10 in Las Cruces

I-10 New Mexico Construction | I-10 Exit Guide

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with La Calerita Construction (Contractor) continues work at the I-10/Ramp E Bridge and the I-10/Union Avenue Bridge in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

I-10 westbound lanes will continue to be detoured through the eastbound passing lane. Speed restrictions remain in effect through the I-10 construction zone. Eastbound access to I-10 at Valley Drive and University Avenue is closed. The detour signs will be in place for motorists’ guidance around the work zone.

The next Public Meeting will be Tuesday, November 10, 2015 which will start promptly at 6:00 pm at the NMDOT Las Cruces Complex located at 750 N. Solano.


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Dixie Landin’ Family Theme Park – Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Located on 80 acres at I-10 and Highland Road in Baton Rouge, LA right next to Blue Bayou Water Park, Dixie Landin’ is an Amusement Park designed for the entire family!

Dixie Landin’ contains 26 rides, 10 games and much, much more. We have retail shops for you to pick up souvenir t-shirts, hats, cups and many more items to bring home. Dixie also has a large variety of food items.

One of the feature attractions is the “Ragin Cajun.” A giant steel looping roller coaster that drops from 14 stories up. Or maybe you are interested in the “Splinter,” our log flume ride with drops of 26 and 50 feet. The Giant Wheel stands 90 feet tall and gives you a birds eye view of the entire park.

The Kiddie Section features small rides for the young ones. This section features “The Delta Crop Dusters” a bi-plane ride that allows the kids to move the plane up and down. “Gasoline Alley” gives the kids a chance to drive mom and dad around in a Model T. And everyone’s favorite, The spectacular “Grand Carousel.”

Dixie Landin’ Amusement Park offers fun and excitement for the entire family. Many of our rides can be enjoyed as a family. The Iron Horse Train travels over 1/2 mile around the perimeter of the park. “Gilbeau’s Galaxi” is a family roller coaster. The “Giant Wheel” and The “Grand Carousel” can both be enjoyed as a family. There is something for everyone at Dixie Landin’.

“Sweet Magnolia” offers items such as ice cream, cotton candy, popcorn, funnel cakes, nachos, cookies and of course all of your favorite Coke products. “Dixie Dilly” offers a selection of items such as hamburgers, hotdogs, pizza, chicken sandwiches and much more. They also offer items such as Frozen Coke, Dippin Dots and Fresh Lemonade on carts throughout the park. You won’t go home hungry!

Blue Bayou Water Park has over 20 water attractions like the High Water Slide, a triple 7 story serpentine slide. And there’s nothing like the twin 8 story speed slide, the Ragin’ Cajun! See the 6 story Mad Moccasin water slide which twists and turns in complete darkness. Come out and ride CONJA’, the world’s largest in-line water slide; and their newest water slide, Racers. This is the tallest and fastest water racer in the world! If you like action-packed water slides, we’ve got ’em!