- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Toll transactions on the West Virginia Turnpike rose 5 percent during the Memorial Day weekend compared to the same period a year ago.

West Virginia Parkways Authority General Manager Greg Barr says nearly 589,000 transactions were made over the five-day period ending Monday.

He says lower gas prices and good weather were factors for the increase.

Media outlets report that Friday was the busiest day with 154,000 toll transactions.

Barr says that through April, turnpike traffic was up about 4 percent compared to the first four months of 2014.

The 88-mile toll road runs from Charleston to Princeton.

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