3.3 million motorists expected to drive Pennsylvania’s roads this Thanksgiving

21 November 2023- The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) is gearing up for what has historically been among the busiest travel seasons of the year, as over 3 million motorists are expected to drive within or through the commonwealth during the upcoming holidays. This year, Thanksgiving holiday traffic is expected to be up 2.3 percent on the PA Turnpike compared to 2022.

Daily PA Turnpike traffic projections for the holiday period are as follows:

2023Projected Motorists
Tuesday, November 21, 2023675,000
Wednesday, November 22, 2023690,000
Thursday, November 23, 2023360,000
Friday, November 24, 2023535,000
Saturday, November 25, 2023545,000
Sunday, November 26, 2023525,000
PROJECTED TOTAL:3,330,000

Turnpike maintenance crews will suspend work beginning at 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21 until 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 26. All lanes in each direction of the Turnpike will be open and available to accommodate heavier traffic volumes, except during possible emergencies.  Extra maintenance personnel will be patrolling the roadway, along with PA State Police.

With an increasing rise in motorists traveling the PA Turnpike this week to get to their Thanksgiving celebrations, the Turnpike maintains its dedication to providing a safe and efficient travel experience for all and urges everyone to drive responsibly, adhering to traffic regulations.