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W.Va. Turnpike Traffic Up This Holiday Season

West Virginia Turnpike

Low gas prices and favorable weather added up to more holiday travelers on the West Virginia Turnpike.

Parkways Authority General Manager Greg Barr says the 10-day Christmas Travel period starting Dec. 19 saw 1,067,818 toll transactions. That’s up nearly 16,000 transactions from 2013.

Barr told The Charleston Gazette lower gas prices influenced holiday travelers. Nationally, gas prices for holiday travel fell to their lowest levels since 2008, according to AAA.

Warmer and snow-free weather conditions also helped.

Christmas Day was the least-traveled, with only about 54,000 transactions.