West Virginia Turnpike Fourth of July toll revenue increases

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP)-- State officials say West Virginia Turnpike revenue jumped during Fourth of July holiday travel this year after tolls doubled in January. But the number of toll-paying riders slightly declined.

According to The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington, the West Virginia Parkways Authority says toll revenues from June 27 through July 7 registered at more than $5.6 million. Last year, $3.2 million was generated during a comparable 11-day Fourth of July travel window.

Meanwhile, officials said the number of transactions at Turnpike toll booths over the holiday stretch declined by 25,136, or just over 1.7%, from 1,456,781 in 2018 to 1,431,645 this year.

State Parkways Authority tolls director Doug Ratcliff says transactions for the year are still up about a half of a percent compared to 2018.

Tolls increased from $2 to $4.

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