The Northeastern Expressway had only been in operation two weeks when the Thanksgiving holiday occurred. The new toll road was already considered busier than its predecessor, Route 40. Over the holiday extended weekend, 126,107 motor vehicles went through the Cecil County toll plaza. Route 40 had a count of 75,456 over the same period, this was a drop by 55 percent from the 169,585 on Route 40 in 1962. The bulk of the traffic passed through on Sunday between 4 p.m. and midnight when more than 21,000 cars passed through the I-95 toll plaza.