CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Traffic on the West Virginia Turnpike around the Fourth of July weekend was the heaviest since 2010.
The Turnpike saw 668,000 vehicles pass through its toll booths between Thursday and Monday, the state Department of Transportation said in a news release Tuesday. That’s 28% higher than for the five-day period a year ago, when travel was affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
“It was a huge Fourth of July period,” said West Virginia Parkways Authority executive director Jeff Miller. “People are just ready to get out and travel.”
Miller said many travelers started trips the weekend before the Fourth of July and returned home the weekend after.
Between June 27 and Monday, more than 1.12 million vehicles went through the Turnpike toll booths, the statement said.