Travelers can take a coffee break over the Thanksgiving Holiday at rest areas in Northeastern Pennsylvania. In some rest areas, the coffee will be available on Wednesday (11/26), Friday (11/28), Saturday (11/29) and Sunday (11/30) at various time periods. The free coffee won’t be offered on Thanksgiving Day.


Travelers can take a coffee break over the Thanksgiving Holiday at rest areas in Northeastern Pennsylvania. In some rest areas, the coffee will be available on Wednesday (11/26), Friday (11/28), Saturday (11/29) and Sunday (11/30) at various time periods. The free coffee won’t be offered on Thanksgiving Day.
Several community groups will participate by serving up free coffee at rest areas along Interstates 80 and 81. The program, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), is designed to encourage drivers to stop and take a break for safety’s sake during the busy holiday weekend.
The Thanksgiving Holiday safety coffee breaks will be conducted at the following rest areas:

INTERSTATE 80:
  * Interstate 80 Eastbound, at White Haven, Luzerne County between the Mountain Top/ Hazleton Exit 262 and the White Haven/ Freeland Exit 273. Boy Scout Troop 207 will host the free coffee on Wednesday (11/26) and Friday (11/28) as well as Saturday (11/29) and Sunday (11/30). The scouts plan on being there 24 hours each day.

INTERSTATE 81:
  *  Interstate 81 Northbound at Dorrance, Luzerne County between the Dorrance Exit 155 and the Nuangola Exit 159. The Hazleton Blind Association will host the free coffee service on Wednesday (11/26) and Friday (11/28) from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the Collie Club NEPA will do the honors on Saturday (11/29) and Sunday (11/30) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    * Interstate 81 Southbound at Nuangola, Luzerne County between the Nuangola Exit 159 and the Dorrance Exit 155. Boy Scout Troop 207 will be there on Wednesday (11/26) and Friday (11/28) for 24 hours each day, while members of the Civil Air Patrol will be there on Saturday (11/29) and Sunday (11/30) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    * Interstate 81 Northbound at Tompkinsville, Lackawanna County between the Fleetville/ Tompkinsville Exit 202 and the Glenwood/ Lenoxville Exit 206. The Abington Lions Club will host the service on Wednesday (11/26) and Friday (11/28) from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Summit Christian Academy will be serving up free coffee on Saturday (11/29) and Sunday (11/30) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    * Interstate 81 Southbound at Lenox, Susquehanna County, between the Lenox Exit 211 and the Glenwood/ Lenoxville Exit 206. Regional Search and Rescue will host the free coffee on Wednesday (11/26) and Friday (11/28) as well as Saturday (11/29) and Sunday (11/30) from 7 a.m. to 12 noon each day.

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INTERSTATE 81:
 * Interstate 81 Southbound at Great Bend, Susquehanna County, between the New York State line and the Great Bend Exit 230. The Helene Yelverton Dance Studio will serve free coffee on Wednesday (11/26) and Friday (11/28) as well as Saturday (11/29) and Sunday (11/30) from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day
Please take note: the times listed are subject to change based upon supplies. The hours of operation are a guideline only.
Non-profit organizations interested in applying for a safety coffee break in Northeastern Pennsylvania can contact PennDOT’s Roadside Specialist Martha Feisel at 570-963-4048 or e-mail: mfeisel@state.pa.us
More safety information may be obtained by checking out www.neparoads.com PennDOT's Northeastern Pennsylvania transportation website. For more safety tips, click on “Safety.”