Local travel tips for your holiday weekend

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Ky. (WBKO) -- With all the holiday travel this weekend, it's bound to cause some congestion on the roadways.

13 News reporter, Kelly Dean took a road trip around south central Kentucky to offers up some tips and tricks.

First stop along the trip was to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

"It's hard this time of year because everyone's in a hurry, everyone's pressed for time, there;'s so much going on people are stressed," said Wes Watt, Public Information Officer with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Officials are asking us to exercise patience, as it is the holiday season after all, and they're providing a platform to help.

"We've partnered with the Waze traffic app. It's got real time and traffic information, road construction information, it'll even bring up major crashes in the roadways too, all in real time," said Watt.

Anyone can access it by googling "Go Ky."

Another factor coming into play over this busy holiday weekend are gas prices. Prices in the U.S. are up by almost twenty cents at this time, compared to last year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

To find the cheapest gas prices along your route, the mobile app Gas Buddy is a useful resourceful.

The third and final stop is the land of vending machines, brochures a faces from all over.

"Most everyone is on their way to Grandma's house, so they're just traveling through. We'll be pretty steady tomorrow," said Steve Jump, Travel Host at the Franklin Rest Stop.

The road conditions Friday, and predicted throughout the weekend are anything but ideal conditions.

"I've hit some traffic and construction and rain up here, and I'm just hoping it doesn't get worse," said Justin Peters, traveling to Michigan.

However, folk seemed giddy with the Christmas spirit because home is where the heart is.

"We're on our way to see my daughter for Christmas and her family in Indiana, 400 more miles," said Marguerite Roetele.

"About 7 1/2 hours from here I think. That's where all my family is," said Peters.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says as for the possibility of snow, they have snow and ice crews prepared and ready. However, they cannot treat the roads to prep for ice if it rains before.

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