4th of July holiday travel hot spots

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - AAA predicted a drop in 4th of July drivers this year - down to just 41 million Americans hitting the highway for the holiday.

Arkansas will be no exception, plus Interstate 40 near the White River Bridge was re-opened after months of construction cut the area down to one lane.

Lane closures in other areas could still cause delays, though. The main areas to watch out for are Russellville, Redfield, Fort Smith and Bald Knob.

"Particularly any summertime holiday's going to increase traffic and that's why we get worried about these construction zones," said Randy Ort with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. "Even though people traveling through these zones, they're not going to see workers out there - they have the holidays off too. The lanes are going to be closed and that's going to be congestion."

While officials recommended travelers going through those areas still plan some extra time for their commute, they emphasized it should not be anything like what drivers experienced in the White River area of I-40 recently.

Shane Carter with the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport said they expect nearly 20,000 passengers to depart from the airport between July 3 and July 8 - down 4.5 percent from last year. Sunday, July 7 is expected to be the busiest day for the airport.

AAA estimated nearly 90 percent of all travelers this holiday weekend would be driving.