MIDLAND, Texas – Holidays like Memorial Day are perfect for road trips to the lake and seeing family. Transportation professionals in West Texas still hope to see these traditions take place this weekend, but some locals will change their weekend vacation plans to be aware of a pandemic. “Camping is something that you can still do and distance yourself socially, but you can still go out and adventure,” said Karyn LoPresti, a resident of Midland.
“We expect families to start exploring on a more local basis and then begin to travel overland within a few hundred miles of their homes before switching to further domestic and international travel,” said the Midland Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Some choose to stay home for the holidays. “We feel safer at home, so we will just stay here and hang out in the pool and bake because our apartment has just reopened the facilities,” Kort Suter, a resident of Midland said. But with restrictions in Texas increasingly lifted, some think this will be the right time to get some fresh air, and will continue their Memorial Day weekend tradition as planned. DXDOT roads will open and major projects will stop temporarily because traffic is expected to stop. increase regardless of the virus. “We are really fortunate in this district that our contractor works with us to take things on every major holiday,” said Gene Powell, TxDOT’s public information officer said. But for the first time in 20 years, AAA did not issue a forecast of the Memorial Day trip because COVID-19 changed its accuracy. During this time, the port of Midland Air and Space usually sees 30 flights for the Memorial Day weekend. Instead, they only saw 10 flights this weekend. Although the changes in the journey are clear, whether we leave town or stay at home, today is a day to honor those who give everything to give us the freedom we have today. “I know we really owe a debt of gratitude to those who serve and me. know I will forever be grateful, “said Kort Stuer, a resident of Midland.
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