Traffic Engineering and Operations
Traffic engineering and operations on rural and urban highways are diverse, involving responses to fires, crashes, stalled vehicles, fallen power lines, and the like. Crashes on the PA Turnpike vary in nature from very simple fender benders involving one vehicle to more complex incidents involving multiple tractor-trailers, carrying hazardous materials, resulting in injuries and the threat of human life.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission works constantly to limit the probability of incidents of the PA Turnpike, however, incidents still occur. That is why the Commission has established a sophisticated incident detection and response network that spans the entire Turnpike System. Early warning incident detection measures help to promote safety and issue prompt responses along the entire Pennsylvania Turnpike System.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission maintains a 24 hours a day, 365 days a year Traffic Operations Center located in the Administration Building in Harrisburg. Serving as the hub of all PA Turnpike communications, the Traffic Operations Center continuously monitors PA Turnpike activities via an extensive radio system. Roadway conditions, construction status and weather conditions are all monitored at the Center. The Center also serves as the focal point for all PA Turnpike incident management activities.