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Parkways Authority reports uptick in Christmas holiday travel on W.Va. turnpike

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CHARLESTON, West Virginia — Low gas prices and favorable weather added up to more holiday travelers on the West Virginia Turnpike.

Parkways Authority General Manager Greg Barr says the 10-day Christmas Travel period starting Dec. 19 saw 1,067,818 toll transactions. That's up nearly 16,000 transactions from 2013.

Barr told The Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/1KfAJsC) lower gas prices influenced holiday travelers. Nationally, gas prices for holiday travel fell to their lowest levels since 2008, according to AAA.

Warmer and snow-free weather conditions also helped.

Christmas Day was the least-traveled, with only about 54,000 transactions.

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