More than 3.6 million motorists are expected to travel the Turnpike this Labor Day holiday weekend. Travel started yesterday and will continue through Tuesday, September 3rd.

According to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission report, travel is up 1.5 percent over last summer. With many kids going back to school, families are getting in one last trip before the fall season sets in.

Friday afternoon is expected to be peak travel time. It is expected to be the most heavily-traveled day with approximately 700,000 on the Turnpike.

According to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the rest of the traffic breakdown is as follows:

Saturday, Aug. 31 with 550,000 vehicles;
Sunday, Sept. 1 with 475,000 vehicles;
Monday, Sept. 2 with 500,000 vehicles;
Tuesday, Sept. 3 with 630,000 vehicles.

To help accommodate heavier holiday traffic, the Turnpike will suspend maintenance work and have all available lanes open in each direction beginning at 3 p.m. on Aug. 29 through 11 p.m. on Sept. 2.

“We have seen a very active summer travel season and will have additional patrols on the roadway this weekend to assist motorists and keep travelers safe,” said Corporal Holly Reber-Billings, PA State Police, Troop T. “Please remember to move over and slow down when approaching emergency vehicles and tow trucks stopped along the roadway providing assistance to motorists. It is the law and it protects those who are working close to traffic.”


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How to get help:

For emergencies

The Pennsylvania Turnpike is ready to provide support to all Turnpike motorists who need emergency assistance 24/7 365 days a year. If you are in an accident, stay in your vehicle and call *11 on a cell phone to alert the PA Turnpike

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For travel conditions

Road conditions are constantly changing, so the PA Turnpike wants to make sure you are informed before you head out the door as well as while traveling.