Two-dollar gas was an unpleasant novelty three years ago as Easter weekend approached in March 2005. This year, it's no big deal. Let's head for the beach!
Triangle drivers are pumping regular for about $2.02 a gallon this week as they tank up for the Easter and Passover holidays. That's $1.28 less than we paid this time last year, in early April 2008 - and less than half the record high mark, $4.058, set last September.
AAA Carolinas predicts that pump prices will stay fairly steady through the weekend.
To cut down on traffic bottlenecks this weekend, the state Department of Transportation will suspend work on most highway projects from 4 p.m. Thursday until 9 a.m. Monday.
But there will be delays where lanes are closed for two Interstate 85 construction projects in Guilford and Vance counties:
* Near Henderson between mile markers 206 and 214 on I-85, one lane is closed in each direction as part of a pavement rehabilitation project.
* I-85 also squeezes into one lane each way near High Point at the N.C. 62 interchange (Exit 113) for construction of the U.S. 311 Bypass.