Associated Press Published

Labor Day Traffic Up on Turnpike

West Virginia Turnpike

Holiday travelers kept toll workers on the West Virginia Turnpike busy over the Labor Day weekend.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that toll workers handled about 32,000 more transactions that they did during the same four-day period in 2014. That’s an increase of 7.4 percent.

West Virginia Parkways general manager Greg Barr says the turnpike handled a total of 466,977 toll transactions from Friday through Monday.

The increase in traffic boosted toll revenues by 7.3 percent compared to 2014.

Parkways officials were surprised by the increase. Traffic over the Fourth of July weekend was up about 1 percent from the same period in 2014.

Overall, traffic on the 88-mile toll road is up about 33 percent this year.