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Nov 24, 2010 7:52 PM by Shawn Kline

Black Wednesday: Busiest Travel Day

By air, train or by automobile, Americans love traveling on black Wednesday.
"You can see it's busy out here," Chad Ducote said. "I had to put my vehicle in this way to get to the pumps."
Like millions of travelers, Ducote is going to see family for the holidays. The gas station, so busy he had to wrap the pump around his car just to fill up the tank. It's just the first obstacle along the road. However, there's one obstacle drivers won't have to deal with this holiday weekend... construction.
"With about a hundred million dollars worth of work going on in our region, most of that work will be shut down and no impediments to travel." Bill Fontenot of the Department of Transportation said.
Fontenot says the DOTD is doing what they can to keep traffic to a minimum but he says you need to be prepared for a long commute.
"We want to caution all the travelers relative to high volumes," Fontenot said.
High volumes not only on the road, but in the air.
Every flight in Lafayette, booked.
"The airlines are full," Greg Roberts of the Lafayette Regional Airport said. "Each flight is full."
Roberts says more than 500 passengers went through the gates at Lafayette Regional on Wednesday; making it one of the busiest days in the air.
Like on the road, you can ease the headaches by planning ahead.
"Nothing's more frustrating than standing on this side of the check point and you end up missing your flight," Roberts said.
According to Roberts, Lafayette is a growing airport and they're seeing more traffic every year but for the past ten years, air travel around the nation has declined 62-percent. More people are choosing to travel on the road.


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