People hit the roads early for Easter travel

Gas prices up this year

SCRANTON, LACAKWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Friday was a busy day on the roads of northeastern and central Pennsylvania as many people left early for their Easter destinations.

While Friday wasn't as big of a rush on the roads as the day before Thanksgiving, there were definitely a lot of cars on Interstate 81.

Traffic moved along without any major problems in the Scranton area.

Many of the drivers aren't from northeastern Pennsylvania.

They're just passing through on their way to their Easter destination.

"The bigger cities seem to have a little bit of traffic but outside of that, it's not bad," Janelle Niedermeier of Emmaus said.

A rest stop along Interstate 81 North in Greenfield Township was a busy place Friday.

Drivers weren't surprised.

"I know a lot of our company has off and a lot of people take off this Friday or Monday," Denise Bullard of Philadelphia said.

It wasn't just Easter that had some people on the go.

The Jewish Passover holiday began at sundown Friday and that also had people on the roads.

"I'm going to my sister's house to visit her for Passover and I can't wait to see her," Cathy Grieco of New Jersey said.

While most people were on the roads, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport also saw its share of holiday visitors.

Thom Roche and his daughters Madison and Kennedy were headed home to Nashville.

They came in for an early Easter with family in Swoyersville.

"Their schools had spring break down there this week so we decided we'd come up a little early for Easter to see the grandparents and then head back for our Easter," Thom Roche said.

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