Pa. Turnpike drivers will have plenty of company during the Thanksgiving travel season

Mark Abrams
November 25, 2019 - 7:13 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Pennsylvania Turnpike is expecting 3.6 million travelers to pick the toll road as their preferred mode for driving sometime during the six-day Thanksgiving holiday travel period which begins Tuesday and ends Sunday.

The turnpike's Craig Shuey says with more cars, trucks and SUVs on the road, drivers can expect delays, depending on the time they choose to hit the road.

"If you're traveling during peak times, you can expect situations where traffic flow is slower. You can expect situations where even minor crashes result in long delays," he said.

"If you are involved in a crash and you can move your vehicle off the roadway, do so, and get it to the shoulder. Call star-1-1 from a cellular phone on the turnpike, and that will put you in direct connection with our traffic information center."

And, Shuey says, if you're driving at night, there's another hazard drivers really need to be aware of.

"October we had about 21 deer strikes a day on the 552 miles of the turnpike. In November, we're at 39 per day," he said. "The numbers are still growing as far as deer interactions with vehicles. Please be on the alert for that."

Drivers are also being advised to pack their patience, get adequate rest before the trip and take breaks at rest stops.