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Record number of motorists expected on Turnpike this holiday

Published July 02. 2019 05:08AM

More than 6 million motorists are gearing up to take advantage of the extended holiday and are expected to travel the Pennsylvania Turnpike starting last Friday through Sunday, July 7. This is a 3.5 percent increase over last year’s numbers.

Overall, summer is the busiest season for the turnpike with many motorists traveling the roadway for the first time. A new site has been created to assist all motorists with tools and tips for traveling. Visit PATurnpike.com and click on Ramp Up for Summer Travel.

“With record numbers of motorists hitting the road for the Independence Day holiday, travelers should be properly prepared, plan ahead and expect slower going due to increased traffic,” said Turnpike CEO Mark Compton. “Friday afternoons are likely to be peak travel times with many travelers starting out well in advance of the holiday or taking longer trips because the holiday falls on a Thursday.”

The daily traffic breakdown is as follows:

• June 28 — 750,000 vehicles were expected to travel the system;

• Wednesday — 725,000 vehicles are expected to travel the system;

• Today — 655,000 vehicles are expected to travel the system; and

• Monday and Friday — 625,000 vehicles are expected to travel the system.

The less travelled days this holiday will be Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

To help accommodate heavier holiday traffic, the Turnpike will suspend maintenance and construction work and have all available lanes open in each direction through Sunday.

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