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Busy Fourth of July travel forecasted on West Virginia Turnpike

CHARLESTON, WV — The West Virginia Parkways Authority is gearing up for a busy Fourth of July travel period on the West Virginia Turnpike.

An estimated 1.385 million vehicle transactions are expected during the 11-day period from Thursday, June 27, 2024, to Sunday, July 7, 2024.

“The weekend before and after Fourth of July, historically, have been some of the busiest travel days of the entire year on the West Virginia Turnpike,” said Jeff Miller, Executive Director of the West Virginia Parkways Authority. “This year the Fourth of July falls on a Thursday, which last happened in 2019. We have compared year-to-date, 2023, and 2019 travel numbers to provide a forecast for 2024, which we expect to process 1,385,000 transactions.”

**11-Day Travel Forecast – West Virginia Turnpike Vehicle Transactions:**
– Thursday, June 27, 2024 – 120,000
– Friday, June 28, 2024 – 150,000
– Saturday, June 29, 2024 – 150,000
– Sunday, June 30, 2024 – 115,000
– Monday, July 1, 2024 – 105,000
– Tuesday, July 2, 2024 – 105,000
– Wednesday, July 3, 2024 – 135,000
– Thursday, July 4, 2024 – 90,000
– Friday, July 5, 2024 – 115,000
– Saturday, July 6, 2024 – 140,000
– Sunday, July 7, 2024 – 160,000

The estimated three busiest travel days of the period will be Friday, June 28; Saturday, June 29; and Sunday, July 7.

“We fully expect that both weekends will be extremely busy, and with many out-of-state travelers passing through our area,” Miller said. “We encourage everyone to plan their travel accordingly and remember that peak travel times every day will be between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.”

“Our toll booths will be staffed accordingly, along with traffic flaggers in place,” Miller added. “Our Courtesy Patrol vehicles and State Police Troop 7 will be out for motorist assistance.”

E-ZPass is accepted at all West Virginia Turnpike booths. To get an E-ZPass, or to renew an existing one, click HERE. Drivers may also apply in person at the West Virginia Parkways Authority E-ZPass Customer Service Center, 3310 Piedmont Road, Charleston, West Virginia 25306, or at the Beckley Customer Service Center located at 12 Pikeview Drive, Beckley, West Virginia 25801.

Tolls for passenger vehicles are $4.25 per plaza.

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