Pa. roadways likely to busy over the holiday weekend

Written by Tim Lambert and Radio Pennsylvania | Jul 2, 2015 4:57 AM

AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

(Harrisburg) -- The highways are expected to be busy over the second holiday weekend of the summer.

Triple-A is projecting 1.5 million Pennsylvanians will be traveling by car over the Fourth of July holiday travel period, which it defines as starting yesterday and running through Sunday.

Jana Tidwell with Triple-A Mid Atlantic offers some travel tips.

"Triple-A would always recommend that motorists have their vehicles checked out in advance of a road trip," she says. "Have the battery checked out. Have the tires inspected. Have the fluids checked."

Tidwell says the good news for drivers is that gas prices are lower.

"They are relatively low compared to this date last year," she says.

The prices at the pump are about $1 cheaper than at this point in 2014 and the lowest Independence Day gas prices in at least five years.    

The Pennsylvania Turnpike also expects heavy traffic over the Independence Day holiday weekend.

Some 2.8 million vehicles are expected to use the toll road during the extra long weekend.

The Turnpike Commission's Renee Vid Colborn says state police will be out in full force.

 "So, they'll be out there looking for people who are not obeying the 'no texting' law and they'll also be enforcing the speed limit," she says. "(Motorists) need to stay alert because of the heavy volume of traffic out there."

The official holiday travel period on the Turnpike began yesterday afternoon and runs through 6:00 a.m. Tuesday.



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