Pennsylvania officials Provide Thanksgiving holiday travel advice

Pennsylvania and PennDOT State Police highlighted tools available to drivers to create traveling as safe and efficient and outlined steps they are taking.

Thanksgiving travelers are invited to go to the “Historic Holiday Traffic” page at www.511PA.com which allows users to observe how traffic rates on the Wednesday before and Sunday following Thanksgiving at 2015 and 2016 compare to traffic conditions during a normal, non-holiday week. Users can select their region and view an hour-by-hour, color-coded visual of traffic levels to help them decide the best times to travel through the holidayseason. 511PA also provides real time, traffic rate information for approximately 2,900 highway kilometers across PA..

“We continue to look for ways to set our resources to use for the public, and to take action where we could,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards stated. “I encourage the public to check 511PA prior to any trip to assist with their travel preparation, particularly during the holiday season.”

Traffic management personnel identified timeframes and locations where congestion will take action to try and alleviate congestion and improve safety and typically increases dramatically during the holiday and have examined this holiday information. The department will also partner with police for improved enforcement of rate and impaired driving laws. Traveling data was shared with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency for distribution to 9-1-1 facilities so staff know of and can program for peak travel days, when call volume might rise.

From the Harrisburg region, PennDOT recognized consistent congestion on the Sunday following the holiday near I-81 southbound at the I-78 divide in Lebanon County. The department will, to Try to facilitate this congestion:

• Have a PSP trooper stationed to get quicker communications to field personnel for quick episode and shoulder clearance, November 26, at the traffic management centre on Sunday;

• Use highway advisory radio messages and digital message boards to promote visitors to reroute onto U.S. 22 westbound, which typically has excess capacity;

• Utilize a traffic signs expert in its own regional traffic management centre to handle U.S. 22’s adaptive signal strategy to most effectively handle the rerouted traffic;

• Partner on targeted traffic enforcement near this area using PSP and also to disabled vehicles from the roadway; along with

The hours Boost which the State Farm Safety Patrol of PennDOT is going to be on duty and patrolling this part of highway.

From the Philadelphia region, staff identified I-95 at Delaware County, I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway), along with U.S. 202 and 422 close to the King of Prussia Mall and the Philadelphia Premium Outlets as target areas. To aid with rapid episode and shoulder clearance, then the hours will increase which PennDOT’s State Farm Safety Patrol is going to be on responsibility.

In the middle region, congestion has been identified at the I-80 Exit 161 (Bellefonte) at Centre County over the Sunday following Thanksgiving. PennDOT will:

• Station care team inside the I-80/I-99/Route 26 interchange in Centre County to handle traffic using a more rigorous performance

• Proactively alert drivers of delays Employing messages on message signs;

• Activate electronic message signs to reroute I-80 westbound traffic to Exit 173 (Lamar), utilize Route 64 south west and return to I-99 southbound if needed; and

• Alert drivers of traffic conditions using highway advisory radio, digital message signs along with the 511PA service.

From the southwest region, traffic coming the I-376 corridor east and west of the City of Pittsburgh on U.S. 19/Route 51, Route 28, U.S. 22, I-279, along with I-79 is going to be alerted to I-376 conditions employing digital message boards. In addition:

• PSP will have a heightened presence around the corridor to assist with incident and shoulder clearance;

To ease traffic that is anticipated together with the holiday and also a Pittsburgh College soccer game on Friday, PennDOT tunnel maintenance team on 16 kilometers of I-376; along with will supplements existing PennDOT State Farm Safety Patrols

Tunnel maintenance team will patrol 16 kilometers of.

PennDOT has created a portal through which personnel can receive reports a navigation app by, from Waze to further increase traffic-data availability for traffic management personnel. As a member of this Waze Connected Citizens Program, if needed, roadway or incident concern alarms can be received by the department and respond faster.

PennDOT will remove lane limitations and freeze construction jobs wherever possible throughout the holiday period. Motorists can see staying construction jobs at www.511PA.com until they travel.

The public can utilize 511PA to check conditions on almost 40,000 roadway miles in Pennsylvania. The service is free and available 24 hours a day, and supplies traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic rate info and access. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for Android and iPhone devices. Information can be obtained subsequent Twitter alarms accessible on the 511PA website or by by calling 5-1-1.