More than six million motorists will used the PA Turnpike this holiday week, according to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. This breaks the previous highest estimate by 3.5%.

Fortunately for motorists who have not left yet, the worst is in the past as Jun. 28 had the greatest volume of traffic at 750,000 vehicles.

In order from heaviest, the estimated traffic totals per day are:

  • July 3 — 725,000 vehicles
  • July 2 — 655,000 vehicles
  • July 1 and July 5 — 625,000 vehicles

“With record numbers of motorists hitting the road for the Independence Day holiday, travelers should be properly prepared, plan ahead and expect slower going due to increased traffic,” said Turnpike CEO Mark Compton. “Friday afternoons are likely to be peak travel times with many travelers starting out well in advance of the holiday or taking longer trips because the holiday falls on a Thursday.”

The good news is there are some days when traffic will be significantly less stressful. On July 4, 6, and 7, motorists can expect a less congested Turnpike. Also, the commission has suspended all construction and opened all lanes in both directions until 11 p.m. on Jul. 7 to accommodate the greater traffic number.