PA Turnpike Advises to Brace for Holiday Traffic on Highway

The PA Turnpike Commission (PTC) forecasts a robust holiday travel period with more than 5.4 million motorists traveling the Turnpike beginning on Thursday, Dec. 23 through Sunday, Jan. 2.

“Our holiday traffic projections are coming close to matching those of 2019 with an increase of 40 percent over last year,” said PA Turnpike CEO Mark Compton.  “We have added resources to address any traffic and safety concerns due to the increase in traffic. Our goal is to provide our customers the best travel experience possible. We encourage travelers to prepare by finding our real-time traffic and roadway conditions online and allowing plenty of time to get safely to their destination.”

Daily traffic projections for the holiday period are as follows:

Thursday, Dec. 23650,000
Friday, Dec. 24450,000
Saturday, Dec. 25405,000
Sunday, Dec. 26375,000
Monday, Dec. 27425,000
Tuesday, Dec. 28600,000
Wednesday, Dec. 29625,000
Thursday, Dec. 30625,000
Friday, Dec. 31460,000
Saturday, Jan. 1350,000
Sunday, Jan. 2425,000


Holiday travelers should note that recent updates made to the 511PA traveler information service can alert them to specific information along their travel routes. Motorists can check roadway conditions including color-coded winter conditions by visiting