Fourth of July holiday travel forecast announced for WV Turnpike

CHARLESTON, WV – The West Virginia Parkways Authority is prepared for another busy Fourth of July travel period on the West Virginia Turnpike.

An estimated 1.355 million vehicle transactions are expected to be completed on the West Virginia Turnpike during the 11-day period from Thursday, June 29, 2023 to Sunday, July 9, 2023. 

“We’ll begin to see an increase on the afternoon of Thursday, June 29, 2023,” said Jeff Miller, executive director of the West Virginia Parkways Authority. “Because the holiday falls on a Tuesday, we see people who are traveling to a vacation and weekend travelers – the weekend before and the weekend after.

“This 11-day period is typically the busiest we’ll experience in the summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day.”

The West Virginia Turnpike is expecting around 600,000 vehicle transactions in the five-day period between Friday, June 30, 2023 and Tuesday, July 4, 2023, with 175,000 transactions expected just on June 30.

11-Day Travel Forecast – WV Turnpike Vehicle Transactions
Thursday, June 29, 2023 – 130,000
Friday, June 30, 2023 –  175,000
Saturday, July 1, 2023 – 145,000
Sunday, July 2, 2023 – 105,000
Monday, July 3, 2023 – 90,000
Tuesday, July 4, 2023 – 80,000
Wednesday, July 5, 2023 – 105,000
Thursday, July 6, 2023 – 115,000
 Friday, July 7, 2023 – 140,000
Saturday, July 8, 2023 – 145,000
Sunday, July 9, 2023 – 125,000

“We’ll have everything staffed accordingly within our toll operations,” said Miller. “Our courtesy patrol will be out. We’ll have flaggers positioned on all the mainline toll plazas.”

The West Virginia State Police is also increasing presence on the West Virginia Turnpike during the holiday period.

Miller urges motorists to plan ahead and organize their trip through the West Virginia Turnpike to minimize time at the toll booths.

All West Virginia Turnpike booths are set up to accept E-ZPass with at least one designated E-ZPass lane northbound and at least one designated E-ZPass lane southbound.

To get an E-ZPass, or to renew an existing E-ZPass, click HERE. Drivers may also apply in person at the West Virginia Parkways Authority E-ZPass Customer Service Center, 3310 Piedmont Road, Charleston, West Virginia 25306, or at the Beckley Customer Service Center located at 12 Pikeview Drive, Beckley, West Virginia 25801.

The tolls for passenger vehicles are $4.25 per plaza.