Thanksgiving Eve brings increased travel

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COLUMBIA - The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days for many people, including Mid-MO. 

It's a time for many to visit family. "We've been on the road since 4 a.m. traveling from North Carolina," said Gail Huecker. "But being able to see my family makes it all worth it."

Huecker isn't alone for the many that are traveling statewide. 

Glenda Thompson traveled in from Branson to visit her family in Columbia. "The traffic was very slow and I hit several construction sites, but I made it," said Thompson. 

With the increased travel, gas stations see more traffic, too. "We're trying to keep everything stocked and clean for people traveling all weekend," said Pilot Travel Center general manager Derek Vaughn. 

The average gas price is around $2.44, making it more affordable for people travel during this holiday weekend.

"I traveled from Kansas City to Boonville and had the worst traffic I've ever seen," said Louis Fagan. "People need to remember to watch their speed."

MoDOT has reminded people to take extra precautions on the road for the entire weekend and to check the weather frequently.