The long Memorial Day weekend started early for some travelers heading to Maine.

Traffic began backing up on the Maine Turnpike about 2:30 p.m. Friday, said Erin Courtney, the turnpike’s spokeswoman. By about 5 p.m., the stop-and-go traffic of cars approaching the York tollbooth northbound stretched for 3 miles as tourists streamed into the state for the unofficial start to summer.

Turnpike officials said the heavy traffic had eased by about 7 p.m.

The Maine Turnpike Authority predicts that about 930,000 vehicles will be on the turnpike between Friday afternoon and Monday. Traffic on Monday is expected to be heaviest southbound between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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