Oct 12, 2015 7:59 PM
Fall foliage makes traffic more bearable on Columbus Day
HOOKSETT- Motorists making their way through the Granite State Monday had plenty to look at as the trees have turned vibrant reds, yellows and oranges.
”It was absolutely gorgeous; the foliage was peak,” said Tina Betley of Connecticut.
Randy Maccini of Medford, Mass., and his friends took in the sights after their annual ‘No girls allowed’ weekend up in the White Mountains.
“I don’t know if it was because of the bad winter we had, but [the view] was so much more fuller and colorful,” Maccini said.
The roads were packed with trailers and boats ready to be put away for the season. Many stopped at rest areas to refuel and stock up on cheaper gas and liquor.
Interstate 93 saw a few minor crashes. Some blame the foliage, saying they spotted a few people pulling over to take pictures.
“It’s been slow, a lot of people pulling over, a lot of accidents from people pulling over,” said Patricia Billings of Gilford.
Hooksett saw it’s biggest back up near the tolls around the usual evening commute time.
It was a beautiful day to end the long weekend.
“It does feel like there’s a little bit of Indian Summer I guess you’d call it. We’re just sucking it all in,” said Steve Betley of Connecticut.