On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) projects more than three million motorists will travel during the next six days.
Beginning 5 a.m. on Friday, September 1 until 11 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5 all maintenance or construction projects will be suspended.
Mark Compton, PA Turnpike CEO, believes the end of the summer season inspires motorists to take advantage of final getaways.
“We have planned accordingly so motorists will not be detained,” Compton said in a press release. “All lanes are slated to be open and PA State Police patrols will be on our roadway to address additional traffic needs.”
According to a press release, September 1 is expected to be the heaviest travel day with approximately 750,000 vehicles on the Turnpike – August 31 follows close behind with an estimated 670,000 motorists on the road.
If you are traveling be aware the PTC will be conducting Safety Beaks at the following service plazas:
- 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 31 at the Bowmansville Service Plaza, Lancaster County
- 3 to 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 1 at the Sidling Hill Service Plaza, Fulton County
To report an accident or emergency on the Turnpike, dial *11 on your cell phone.
If there are other concerns refer to the following:
Along the PA Turnpike:
- Variable & Digital Messages Signs – nearly 100 signs on the road
- Highway Advisory Radio – 1640 AM when near interchanges
By Phone (toll-free):
- Turnpike Roadway Information Program – 866-876-TRIP (8747)
- Customer Assistance Center – 800-331-3414
- weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
On the Web:
- TRIPTalk – free, travel-alert smartphone app; download at
- Travel Conditions Map – live, interactive; view at
- Waze (recommended) – crowd-sourced navigation app that provides real-time traffic conditions with input from other drivers