Maine Turnpike 4th holiday traffic up

Posted July 07, 2010, at 6:19 a.m.

The Maine Turnpike says traffic figures during the Fourth of July holiday weekend showed a higher-than-anticipated increase.

Traffic from Friday through Monday increased 8.9 percent over 2009. More than 245,500 vehicles were recorded at the York toll plaza over the holiday weekend, compared to just over 225,500 during the four-day weekend last year.

The turnpike says the figures are a positive sign for this year’s summer tourism season. Turnpike spokesman Dan Paradee says actual traffic volumes were slightly higher than the 7 percent that had been projected.

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