Expect busier roads on Labor Day

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) - The last weekend of summer is upon us. While labor day means camping and cookouts for many families it's what comes after the fun and relaxing you'll want to get ready for.

This Labor Day weekend, expect crowded highways and interstates.
AAA predicts at least a million more people than last year will be taking on the roadways and traveling.

“It’s been a beautiful weekend, a little humid to start out but it really cooled off and we really enjoy going for walks around the lake and the nature trails and meeting new people,” Angela from Waupun told us

For Angela and other campers at Lake Wissota, kicking back and relaxing topped their priority list.

“We just take a couple days off of work and come up early and stay until Monday,” fellow camper Norm told us Sunday.

But come Monday, Angela and Norm say they'll be packing up and heading home along with hundreds of others as their weekend of relaxation comes to an end.

“The traffic is probably going to be a little worse going home than it was coming up here it always is on the last day of the holiday. We just take our time, we're not in a hurry to be anywhere,” Gladys from Waupun said.

The Wisconsin State Patrol says that's the key to keeping our roadways safe this holiday weekend.

“Drivers need to be patient through the construction zones. You can expect anything from crashes to delays to backups and expect to see law enforcement to be working in those zones,” State trooper Lynn Coulson said.

Coulson suggests giving about six seconds of room between you and the car in front of you to ensure there is enough room to safely stop in the event of an accident on the interstate.

“If your following someone at a second or maybe two seconds behind them you’re going to hit them before you are able to stop,” Coulson said.

And with plenty of campers, boats and other vehicles on the road, Troopers say its simple steps like slowing down and taking your time that will lead to a safe drive home.

“We like to see people traveling but we like to see them do it safely,” Coulson said.

If you want avoid that heavy traffic, the State Patrol says it expects peak travel times to be 12pm – 8pm Monday afternoon.

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