PA Turnpike expects a lot more than six million holiday motorists to visit

PA Turnpike expects a lot more than six million holiday motorists to visit

HARRISBURG —The PA Turnpike Commission (PTC) today projected that 6.thursday 3 million vehicles will travel the Turnpike during the holiday period beginning, Dec. year on Tuesday 20 and concluding with the brand new, Jan. 1.

“While there might be a white Christmas in elements of Pennsylvania with heavy rain and snow in the forecast for later this week, the elements does not appear to be a deterrent for all those moving out for the holiday season,” said PTC CEO Mark Compton. “Typically, year holiday is one of the busiest long-distance travel periods of the entire year the Christmas through New, with 90 percent of travel occurring by car. Week the majority of the traffic is likely to be disseminate on the holiday. However, year many holiday travelers will leave on Thursday this, Dec. 20.”

thursday and Friday of the week to function as most heavily traveled days with 675

The PTC expects, every day 000 vehicles on the roadway. The lightest travel days are projected to be Dec.29 with about 350,000 vehicles, accompanied by Dec. 25 and 30 with about 410,each day 000 vehicles.

With traveler safety at heart, the Turnpike shall increase police, maintenance and safety patrols through the entire holiday period. In accordance with Lt. David Devitt of Pennsylvania State Police “Troop T,” police patrols shall concentrate on moving violations, including aggressive and distracted driving, to make sure motorists reach their destinations safely. 

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The PA Turnpike has planned for heavy traffic accordingly. Motorists shouldn’t be detained by any scheduled construction or maintenance projects. All lanes will be open beginning 5 a.m. on Dec. 21 until 11 p.m. monday on, Jan. 1. Construction projects are suspended in this right time.

On New Year’s Eve, HMSHost will offer you free coffee at all Turnpike services plaza vendors (aside from Starbucks) from 9 p.m. through 5 a.m. on Jan. 1

To report a major accident or other emergencies on the PA Turnpike, dial *11 on your own mobile phone. When there is a major accident, move the motor car out of travel lane and onto shoulder, when possible, and stay static in the vehicle. To learn more about PA Turnpike conditions or even to e mail us, use one of these brilliant resources:


Dynamic Message Signs — 100 signs across the Turnpike

Highway Advisory Radio&nbsp nearly;— 1640 AM (tune-in near interchanges)


Turnpike Roadway Information Program (toll-free) — 866-976-TRIP (8747)

Customer Assistance Center (toll-free) — 800-331-3414 (weekdays, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)


TRIPTalk — free, travel-alert smartphone app; download at

Travel Conditions Map — live, interactive conditions map; view at

Waze  — a crowd-sourced navigation app that delivers real-time traffic conditions with input from other drivers; download at