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Pa. Turnpike officials expecting record-setting holiday travel this year

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is anticipating a record-setting holiday travel period, with more than six million people hitting the turnpike through New Year’s Day.

According to AAA, more than 115 million people will travel for the holidays. That includes 105 million who are driving to their destinations.

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“Holiday cheer is at an all-time high this year, with unemployment at historically low levels and noted improvements in both disposable income and household net worth,” said AAA Vice President Paula Twidale.

The heaviest travel days are Dec. 23 and Dec. 27, while the lightest days are Dec. 22, Christmas Day, Dec. 29 and Jan. 1.

Twidale’s message to drivers was to “slow down and be courteous.”

The turnpike commission is encouraging people to travel during less busy times and be patient.