Pennsylvania Turnpike Ready for Holiday
Traffic and Weather
19, 2013- PTC
PA- As the holiday season swings into full gear,
the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) wants travelers to know that it is
ready to handle the heavy traffic that’s anticipated. More than 3.8 million
vehicles are expected to travel the Turnpike from Tuesday, Dec. 24 through
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. The heaviest traffic period will be Christmas Eve
through Christmas Day, with an estimated 800,000 vehicles. Turnpike maintenance
crews will be fully staffed to confront any wintry weather that may occur.
To keep the
highway safe during the holiday, all construction and maintenance work will be
suspended to allow full use of the roadway; all lanes will be available
beginning at noon on Dec. 20 until 6 a.m. on Jan. 2, 2014.
Pennsylvania Turnpike is prepared to provide the highest level of service and
the safest possible roadway during all types of weather," said Chief
Executive Officer, Mark Compton. “Our
objective is to keep the roadway clear for travelers if or when a snowstorm
hits," Compton added.
the holiday, State Police Troop T, the division in charge of Turnpike patrols,
will also be out patrolling the Turnpike looking for drunk drivers, speeders
and aggressive motorists. “In bad weather people need to take extra precautions
and keep enough distance between vehicles,” said Commanding Officer of State
Police Troop T, Captain Gregory M. Bacher. “Following too closely could result
addition, the State Farm Safety Patrol - made up of Turnpike vehicles staffed
by Turnpike workers - will patrol the roadway to identify and report problems
and render aid to disabled motorists.
Turnpike would also like to advise travelers that the Peter J. Camiel Service
Plaza located at milepost 304.8 westbound will close completely on Jan. 6, 2014
for renovations. The plaza is expected to reopen in the spring.
holiday season is an ideal time to take advantage of the award-winning turnpike
smartphone app, called TripTalk, available for Droid and iPhone users. TripTalk
provides users with audio alerts about road conditions and any closures on the
turnpike, letting them keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel while
steering clear of delays caused by holiday backups or accidents.
can also get real-time roadway information by calling 1.866.976.TRIP
(866.976.8747) or by checking the turnpike's web page, www.paturnpike.com.
Holiday travelers are encouraged to check conditions from home before they
Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday