Thanksgiving traffic on West Virginia Turnpike expected to exceed pre-pandemic levels

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Traffic on the West Virginia Turnpike during the week of Thanksgiving is expected to exceed pre-coronavirus pandemic levels.

According to West Virginia Parkways Authority Executive Director Jeff Miller, around 750,000 vehicles are expected to pass through the Turnpike’s plazas between Tuesday and Sunday. The agency recorded more than 607,000 vehicles on the Turnpike during a similar period in 2019.

Miller told MetroNews he expects the final number to be closer to transactions from 2016 to 2018, when officials recorded more than 780,000 transactions each year.

Miller also stated the Parkways Authority and multiple agencies are working to ensure motorist safety during the six-day travel period.

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