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Parkways Authority anticipates over 1 million transactions from vacationers on W.Va. Turnpike

BY JARETT LEWIS

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Parkways Authority stated it is going to be a busy vacation journey season on the West Virginia Turnpike, however nothing it hasn’t seen earlier than.

It’s anticipated that 1.33 million transactions will probably be made on the Turnpike over a 13-day journey interval by means of Jan. 2, 2024, with at this time anticipated to be the busiest journey day throughout that point.

West Virginia Parkways Authority Government Director Jeff Miller stated they’re anticipating 140,000 toll transactions on the three toll plazas at this time.

“The estimates that we’ve provide you with by means of our tolling division over the 13-day interval is 1.33 million transactions,” Miller stated. “Most likely probably the most closely traveled day that we’ll expertise is Friday” earlier than Christmas.

To place it in perspective, Miller stated the Turnpike on common will see 100,000 transactions in a day.

In arising with these numbers, Miller stated the West Virginia Parkways Authority reviewed a number of units of knowledge, together with final yr’s journey numbers, together with information from 2017, the final yr that had the identical journey days as this yr for the week of Christmas and New 12 months’s Day.

Miller doesn’t anticipate there to be as many vacationers for Christmas Day or Christmas Eve. Projections are for there to be round 50,000 transactions on every of these days.

“It’s usually not a really closely traveled day and later within the day on Christmas Eve is about the identical,” stated Miller.

Miller stated it’s doable that there could possibly be extra mid-week journey than traditional round Christmas time as a result of West Virginia followers making their approach right down to Charlotte for the bowl recreation. The West Virginia Mountaineers will play the College of North Carolina within the Duke’s Mayo Bowl on Wednesday. Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. in Financial institution of America Stadium.

Peak journey instances are anticipated most days from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m.

The West Virginia Parkways Authority stated it is going to be well-prepared in any respect toll plazas. Miller added that flaggers can even be stationed at toll plazas to assist with visitors stream.

The manager director can also be encouraging drivers to get the E-Z Move. Drivers can enroll within the single price low cost program for $26.25 yearly. This enables for limitless use of the West Virginia Turnpike. All lanes on the Turnpike’s three toll plazas settle for E-Z Move.

As at all times, the state Parkways Authority is asking folks to drive safely and train persistence when touring.

“Use warning whereas on the West Virginia Turnpike because the street is closely traveled by these from out of state,” Miller stated.

The West Virginia Division of Highways and the West Virginia Division of Transportation reminds motorists to maintain their “Heads up; telephones down.”