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Traffic on Highway 99 at the eastbound Highway 58 exchange.

Brace yourself, Kern County: This Memorial Day weekend is projected to go down in the history books as the busiest travel holiday since record-keepers of such information started keeping tabs on the numbers. 

Specifically, AAA predicted 3.3 million Southern Californians will go more than 50 miles away from their home these next few days, which is a 7.7 percent increase from last year, said Marie Montgomery, a spokeswoman with the Auto Club of California. This number is a slight uptick since 2019, prior to the pandemic disrupting normal lifestyles, she added. 

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