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Gas prices hurt holiday traffic on W.Va. Turnpike


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Traffic on the West Virginia Turnpike over the Labor Day weekend fell by more than 1 percent compared to a year ago.

West Virginia Parkways Authority general manager Greg Barr attributes the decline to a spike in gas prices.

Barr tells the Charleston Daily Mail that holiday travelers also might have changed their plans because of concerns about the remnants of Hurricane Isaac.

During the four-day holiday period, turnpike tollbooths logged 413,405 transactions. That's down 7,456 from the same period in 2011.

Barr says industry forecasts project a decline in gas prices in coming months.

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