Barr said the good news about this travel year was that there were no major accidents or traffic problems on the Turnpike over the holiday weekend.
"It was a very safe holiday for the Turnpike," he said. "We were very pleased with the safe nature of the travel period."
Parkways Authority officials scheduled extra workers to staff toll booths over the weekend. With increased holiday traffic, workers manned the extra "tandem" tollbooths on each toll lane.
The extra tandem tollbooths allow more traffic per hour to flow through toll lanes.
"Between the 1 and 4 p.m. hours (on Sunday), traffic was really pounding," Barr said.
"We have five lanes open and each collector can process 400 vehicles an hour and you've got 2300 vehicles per hour coming at you -- that's where those tandem tollbooths make a difference," he said.
"Then you're able to do 2,350 or 2,400 transactions an hour, instead of just 2,000," he said. "That's what keeps traffic from backing up that bad."
The Parkways Authority had projected about a 1 percent increase in toll transactions for the current budget year.
Turnpike transactions since January 1 are up 1.7 percent compared to 2011. While traffic numbers have been down recently, Barr said the authority should finish this year within its expectations.Contact writer Jared Hunt at jared.h...@dailymail.com or 304-348-5148.Follow him at www.Twitter.com/JaredWV.