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First State highways saw uptick in Labor Day travel

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It was busy holiday weekend on First State roadways according to toll plazas data from Delaware’s Department of Transportation.

DelDOT says Labor Day weekend saw nearly 974,00 drivers pass through the First State’s three major toll plazas on I-95 and Route 1. That’s up from just over 888,000 drivers a year ago during the four-day holiday weekend.

The increased traffic also brought the state more toll revenue. DelDOT reports it pulled in $2.6 million dollars in tolls over the Labor day weekend.  That’s up $200,000 from last year, when $2.4 million was collected..

The busiest toll plaza was the one on I-95 in Newark, which reported over 411,000 drivers over the weekend. Route 1 in Dover saw a little more than 283,000 motorists and Route 1 at Biddles Corner saw nearly 280,000.

The busiest day was Friday with nearly 295,000 vehicles passing the three toll plazas.

Tom Byrne has been a fixture covering news in Delaware for nearly three decades. He joined Delaware Public Media in 2010 as our first news director and has guided the news team ever since. When he's not covering the news, he can be found reading history or pursuing his love of all things athletic.
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