Kathy Liebler

Manager, Public Affairs & Media Relations

C  O  M  M  I  S  S  I  O  N       N  E  W  S       R  E  L  E  A  S  E


Kathy Liebler, 717-939-9551 Ext. 2840
Kay Rew, 610-292-3788

   June 28, 2002


Harrisburg, PA – As Americans prepare to celebrate Independence Day, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission reminds travelers that with well over 4.5 million vehicles traveling the Turnpike over the long weekend, motorists should use extra caution so they can reach their destinations safe and sound.

“Historically, the Fourth of July is one of our busiest holiday periods and this year, it falls mid-week so people will travel throughout the four-day period,” said Executive Director John T. Durbin. “Customer safety is our greatest concern and we will do everything in our power to make the journey along the Pennsylvania Turnpike comfortable, convenient and safe.

In order to accommodate increased traffic volume, all travel lanes on the Turnpike will be open, with construction and maintenance activity suspended from 3 p.m. Friday, June 28 to 6 a.m. Monday, July 8. Additionally, there will be increased Pennsylvania State Police and safety patrols throughout the entire holiday period, enforcing the Commonwealth’s traffic laws and assisting motorists.

State Police officers will look for speeders and inattentive, aggressive and intoxicated drivers.  “Rest assured that the Pennsylvania State Police, Troop T is working closely with the FBI and other Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies and is constantly monitoring security advisories issued across the country. We are taking several proactive steps over the holiday weekend and are fully prepared to deal with all emergencies,” said Pennsylvania State Police Troop T Captain David K. Points. 

Safety officials suggest that motorists embark on their holiday travel fully rested. When feeling fatigued, travelers can take advantage of the ‘Pike’s 21 service plazas, open 24-hours a day and offering a wide variety of food and services.  If roadway or medical assistance is needed, motorists can contact the Turnpike’s operation center by using the emergency call boxes, located at one mile intervals along the entire roadway, or dial *11 on their cell phones. Should emergencies arise, the Turnpike will implement its Variable Message Signs (VMS) and Highway Advisory Radio (1640 AM). It is always a good idea to call the Turnpike’s toll-free customer assistance line at 1-800-331-3414 to check on the latest roadway, traffic and weather information before leaving home.

Over-dimensional vehicles over 8 ½ feet in width, 85 feet in length, 13 ½ feet in height and 100,000 pounds gross weight will not be allowed to travel on the Turnpike from sundown Tuesday, July 2 to sunrise Monday, July 8.


 P.O. Box 67676, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7676         Phone: (717) 939-9551         Fax: (717) 986-9649