November 22 2016
MassDOT Advises Planning for Thanksgiving Travel, Offers Advice
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is advising residents to plan ahead in regards to Thanksgiving travel and to use the resources available to avoid peak traffic times.
This is an especially great time for our customers to use mobile apps, website information, or call 511 to access real-time information about highway congestion or to find out if transit and airlines are on schedule,” Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack said.
MassDOT is taking several steps to ensure safe and reliable travel for all citizens who utilize transportation systems across the Commonwealth and will be shutting down scheduled roadway construction for the Thanksgiving travel period effective at 5 a.m., on Wednesday, November 23, per MassDOT’s long-standing policy. Travel conditions will also be evaluated on Tuesday, November 22, and MassDOT will make adjustments to any ongoing construction activities as necessary.
In keeping with the annual Day of Remembrance for deadly crash victims on November 20, MassDOT strongly urges all drivers to minimize distractions by turning off or putting away cellphones, traveling the posted speed limit, staying sober and having a designated driver, and devoting their full attention to what is ahead on the road. MassDOT encourages travelers to make an extra effort to be courteous on the roads and report to law enforcement any reckless driving.
For traffic and road conditions, drivers may use the following options to make decisions:
Before driving, check the MassDOT Real-Time Traffic web page for live traffic cameras and traffic information.
The public may dial 511 and select a route to hear real-time conditions on I-90 and other roads.
Visit mass511.com, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information, and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.
Download Waze, the real-time traffic navigation app that provides motorists with real-time traffic conditions across Massachusetts.
Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT because motor vehicle incidents which impact traffic flow are generally mentioned in tweets if they occur on the state’s major highways.
Free coffee will be served at 18 MassDOT Service Plazas on Thursday, November 24, from 10 p.m., to 5 a.m., on Friday, November 25.
The High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane on I-93 between Boston and Quincy will have normal morning hours and will extend its hours to be open from 1 p.m., to 8 p.m., on Tuesday, November 22, and Wednesday, November 23. The HOV lane will be closed on Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25.