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Rainy Memorial Day couldn’t keep visitors away from NH turnpikes

Memorial Day traffic was up at all of the tollbooths in New Hampshire this year compared with 2013, except for Exit 11 in Merrimack.

Overall, the state turnpikes saw 6 percent more traffic on Memorial Day this year, falling just short of the 300,000 vehicle mark on Monday and just short of the 400,000 vehicle mark on the Friday that marked the start of the holiday weekend. ...

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Memorial Day traffic was up at all of the tollbooths in New Hampshire this year compared with 2013, except for Exit 11 in Merrimack.

Overall, the state turnpikes saw 6 percent more traffic on Memorial Day this year, falling just short of the 300,000 vehicle mark on Monday and just short of the 400,000 vehicle mark on the Friday that marked the start of the holiday weekend.

This came despite the crummy weather that hit the state over most of the holiday weekend. On the other hand, the weather was crummy over Memorial Day weekend in 2013, as well.

On Memorial Day, Route 3 traffic at the Bedford tolls, a reliable indicator of how many folks were heading north from the non-Boston parts of Massachusetts, soared 13 percent compared with 2013: 37,853 tolls paid versus 33,503 last year.

The busiest spot in the state, the main Hampton Tolls, was up 4 percent, to 83,900 this year, while the Hooksett toll numbers were up 5 percent to almost 71,000.

The Merrimack tolls are relatively quiet on holiday weekends, since they miss the spike of vacationers heading to lakes and mountains.

Exit 11 traffic slipped 1 percent to 6,054 tolls, while Exit 10 rose 1 percent to 6,550 tolls.

From Friday through Monday, statewide traffic was up 6.3 percent from 2013.

– Telegraph staff