The Pennsylvania Turnpike is expected to be extremely busy this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, with more than three million people choosing to drive to their destination. With a higher traffic volume, the PA Turnpike Commission is reminding motorists to stay alert and be courteous behind the wheel.
The Thanksgiving holiday weekend extends from Nov. 22 to Nov. 27. The Turnpike’s traffic volume is expected to reach its highest point from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 22, and on Nov. 27 from noon to 8 p.m.
Turnpike officials say the Tuesday before Thanksgiving has become one of the busiest days for travel, with more drivers heading out early to their holiday destinations.
To improve safety, all construction and utility projects are being adjusted to allow motorists the full use of the Turnpike. Officials say all lanes will be open from 5 a.m. on Nov. 22 to 11 p.m. on Nov. 27.
The Pennsylvania State Police Troop T, which heads the Turnpike patrols, says safety is its main priority this holiday weekend. It is reminding motorists to follow posted speed limits and drive slowly through toll plazas.
With an estimated 48.7 million Americans driving this Thanksgiving weekend, officers say it is imperative for everyone’s safety that drivers remain focused on the road and keep both hands on the steering wheel at all times. State troopers patrolling the Turnpike will search for drivers who are using their cellphone in order to prevent distracted driving.
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