Labor Day traffic good for Maine turnpike

Heavy Labor day traffic good for Maine tolls.

YORK, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Labor Day is one of the busiest travel days of the year along the Maine turnpike. This, of course, lead to a lot of traffic, especially for those heading south on I-95. 

However, drivers waiting in traffic got a friendly surprise. Miles the Moose and Clawdette the Lobster, mascots for the Maine Turnpike Authority, handed out 2017 Farmer's Almanacs while waving goodbye to summer tourists at the York toll plaza, the last toll stop on the southern end of the Maine turnpike. The MTA estimates 242,000 vehicles will have traveled along the turnpike by the end of the Monday. Funding for the the operation and maintenance of the turnpike comes directly from toll money, so out of state tourists coming to Maine are crucial. 
"Of the money that's coming in through the Turnpike, about 66 percent of it is coming from out of state," said Erin Courtney, public relations coordinator for the MTA. "So, that's money that's not being taken from Maine taxpayers."
In 2015, the Maine Turnpike Authority had a record breaking year at the toll plazas with about 79 million transactions. This year, that number is up by nearly three million. 
The MTA said about 1.1 million drivers will have driven along the Maine turnpike between Friday afternoon and the end of Labor Day.


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