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    Air, train travel

    There were plenty of parking spots available Wednesday at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, and while some lots might fill this weekend, air travelers shouldn’t have trouble finding a place to park. No particular problems are expected in the air.

    Trains will follow a normal schedule this weekend.

    Gasoline prices

    The price of regular is $4 or more in 11 states and the District of Columbia. As usual, South Carolina and Virginia – with their lower gas tax rates – are a bargain.

    In North Carolina, you’ll find the best bargains in the Fayetteville area ($3.83). Elsewhere, averages are $3.89 in Charlotte, Greensboro and Wilmington; $3.90 in Raleigh; and $3.96 in Asheville.

    South Carolina’s cheapest gas is in the Greenville area ($3.69). Other prices are $3.71 in Charleston; and $3.72 in Columbia and Myrtle Beach.

    Highway conditions

    All highway construction projects will be halted this weekend across the Carolinas. In Western North Carolina, eastbound Interstate 26 was closed Wednesday south of Asheville after a bridge over the Green River Gorge was damaged in a tractor-trailer crash. The N.C. Department of Transportation said it does not know when the lanes will be reopened.

    You can get real-time travel information in North Carolina at www.ncdot.org, or in South Carolina at www.scdot.org. North Carolina’s DOT also provides updates on Twitter and Facebook. Check the website for details.

    Police patrols

    A crackdown on speeding began Monday in North Carolina. State transportation officials say Easter typically has the third-highest number of wrecks, injuries and fatalities of holiday periods during the year. The N.C. Highway Patrol will have stepped-up patrols this weekend, as will local law enforcement agencies.

    Weather

    Look for chilly and wet conditions Friday, with temperatures only in the 50s in North Carolina. But sunshine is expected to return Saturday and continue Sunday. Highs will range from the low- and mid-60s this weekend in the mountains, to the mid-70s along the S.C. coast. Steve Lyttle



Carolinas travelers might remember this Easter weekend with a touch of fondness, despite the high price of gas. Experts say this might be the last holiday when you pay less than $4 for a gallon of gasoline – at least for a while.

The Easter travel period is spread this year, with some school systems observing spring break this week and others next week. AAA Carolinas officials say hundreds of thousands of Carolinas residents will be on the road over the next few days. They will pay an average of $3.90 a gallon for gas in North Carolina and $3.72 in South Carolina.

While that is 30 cents a gallon more than last Easter, it might be a bargain, once we reach Memorial Day or the Fourth of July, officials say.

“We expect prices to increase into May,” says David Parsons, president and CEO of AAA Carolinas. “The good news is that in the past two years, we saw a stabilization or reduction of gas prices once we got into … summer .”

Parsons said it appears as if the $4-a-gallon barrier will be breached sometime later this month in North Carolina, then stay there for a while.

Other than gas prices, there don’t appear to be any major obstacles for travelers this holiday weekend. Aviation officials say Easter is not a particularly big holiday for fliers, and it’s the same with train travel.

The weather is expected to be beautiful Saturday and Sunday, although Friday’s forecast is chilly and wet.

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