Travelers, gas stations prepare for holiday travel

Travelers and convenience stores are gearing up for the busiest travel days of the year.

Posted: Nov. 20, 2018 10:32 PM
Updated: Nov. 20, 2018 11:45 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The busiest travel dates of the year are here.

Right now and over the next few days, people will be traveling up and down the interstate to see family and loved ones.

ODOT officials said they're expecting heavy congestion starting Wednesday through Sunday.

Dayne Miner and his wife said they left from Seattle to come to Eugene on Wednesday to beat the worst of the holiday traffic.

"On purpose," Miner said. "With traffic being what it is."

They are just one of thousands traveling the I-5 corridor, braving what people are calling terrible traffic.

"Oh yeah, especially in this kind of weather," said traveler Madeline Spurlin. "Because I-5 gets really crazy this time of year because it's just backed up traffic all the way through."

Even convenience stores are prepping for the rush.

Places like the ARCO AM/PM on Beltline are doubling up their weekly orders to make sure they're well stocked.

They even have extra employees working the daytime shift to get everyone in and out as quickly as possible.

Even with that extra help, Miner said traffic will still be the biggest battle.

"The 205 almost the entire way was bumper to bumper southbound," Miner said. "I was just trying to find a McDonald's. I finally found one on the fourth attempt."

Miner said he does have some advice for drivers over the next couple of days.

"Leave early. Take your time. Don't hurry. It's better to get there late, than not to arrive at all."

When it comes to filling up your gas tank, the manager of that ARCO AM/PM said right now, their gas prices are 14 cents cheaper than they were this time last week.

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