The PA Turnpike Commission is planning for 2.2 million vehicles to travel its roadways this Memorial Day weekend. To compensate for heavy traffic, the commission is opening all lanes and halting construction from Thursday, May 23 until 11 p.m. Monday.
The most congested day will likely be Friday with 760,000 vehicles, especially during the afternoon, according the the PTC. Monday evening will also have many people returning from their vacations.
PSP Troop T Coropal Steven Ranck is in charge of Turnpike patrols. Ranck confirmed police will be increasing the number of patrols to meet the large volume of traffic.
“Last year during the Memorial Day holiday we cited 2,588 drivers for speeding, distracted driving and seatbelt violations,” Ranck said. “But more importantly, as today’s event points out, those statistics are not just numbers, they can, and do, represent real people, real lives, real danger.”
Meanwhile, AAA is predicting 37.6 million Americans will travel this weekend using the roadways.
“We don’t want to put a damper on the first weekend of summer,” Ranck explained. “However, if you make safety – particularly work zone safety – your habit, the summer can be a happy memory for everyone.”
Predicted traffic numbers for the PA Turnpike are below.
- Friday, May 24 –760,000 vehicles are expected to travel;
- Saturday, May 25 — 540,000 vehicles are expected to travel;
- Sunday, May 26 — 440,000 vehicles are expected to travel; and
- Monday, May 27– 485,000 vehicles are expected to travel.