Even though many students may have started back to school, families will pack the car for one last taste of summer this weekend. The PA turnpike estimates nearly 3.5 million vehicles will hit the road statewide beginning Thursday, Aug. 20 to Tuesday, Sept. 4.
“Travelers might think that heading out by noon on Friday will give them a jump on the holiday traffic, but you may want to consider getting on the road earlier on Friday or even on Thursday if you can,” suggested PA Turnpike CEO Mark Compton.
The following is the expected breakdown of each day this Labor Day weekend:
- Thursday, Aug. 30 with 685,000 vehicles
- Friday, Aug. 31 with 750,000 vehicles
- Saturday, Sept. 1 with 510,000 vehicles
- Sunday, Sept. 2 with 450,000 vehicles
- Monday, Sept. 3 with 510,000 vehicles
- Tuesday, Sept. 4 with 615,000 vehicles
All construction and maintenance work will be suspended so all lanes will be available for travel beginning at 3 p.m. on Thursday through 11 p.m. on Monday. Also, the Turnpike has scheduled extra staff to keep traffic moving safely and efficiently.
Pennsylvania State Police “Troop T” will have also have additional Turnpike patrols. Lt. David Devitt says planning regular breaks for drivers is important.
“If you find yourself feeling tired, your focus is fading then you are at a greater risk of being involved in a crash,” Devitt explained.