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.


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.