The Worst Times to Drive This Memorial Day Weekend
Are you ready for the weekend? Get ready for tourists coming into our great state and many of us Mainers going on road trips. As usual, the Maine Turnpike will be busy. Turnpike officials are expecting a 3.1 percent increase in traffic over last year's Memorial Day weekend.
According to the Maine Turnpike Authority:
Approximately 960,000 vehicles are predicted to travel the turnpike this Friday through Monday, with Friday seeing the heaviest volumes between 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM northbound. Monday will be especially busy at the York Toll Plaza southbound where more than 57,000 vehicles are expected to depart the state, with the heaviest between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM.
If you want to see what traffic looks like before you head out, check out the Maine Turnpike LIVE CAMS
Be on the lookout for Miles the Moose. He's the official mascot of the Maine Turnpike.
When you are on the Turnpike this weekend, make sure you remember our heroes!
"In honor of Memorial Day, the Authority would like to remind people that the Maine Turnpike is designated the Gold Star Memorial Highway to commemorate the valor and sacrifice of those who died in service to our country. The Gold Star was worn by American mothers instead of conventional mourning clothes during World War I. The display of gold star banners in homes began in World War II and it is a tradition that has been carried through every war thereafter. The Maine Turnpike was designated the Gold Star Memorial Highway in 1965 by Governor Reed," the Maine Turnpike Authority said in a press release.