Maine Turnpike traffic over the Fourth of July weekend increased 8.9 percent compared to last year, according to the Maine Turnpike Authority.

More than 245,500 vehicle transactions were recorded at the York toll plaza over the holiday weekend compared to just over 225,500 during the four-day weekend last year.

“Spectacular weather and stable gas prices combined to make it a busy weekend on the highway,” said turnpike spokesman Dan Paradee. “Actual traffic volumes were slightly higher than we projected.”

This year the holiday fell on a Sunday causing Monday to be a day off for many people. Last year, it fell on Saturday, causing Friday to be a day off for many people. To make the most accurate comparison, the MTA compared Friday through Monday this year to Thursday through Sunday in 2009.