Maine Turnpike traffic up for Labor Day weekend

Posted Sept. 06, 2011, at 1:57 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Statistics show that traffic at the southern end of the Maine Turnpike increased by more than 5 percent over the Labor Day holiday weekend compared to last year.

The Maine Turnpike Authority was expecting traffic to drop 6 percent at the York toll plaza from Friday through Monday based on a forecast from the Maine Center for Business and Economic Research.

But turnpike officials said Tuesday that preliminary numbers show 228,700 vehicles went through the plaza, a 5.3 increase jump from last year.