MassDOT advises highway travelers to plan for one of the busiest days of the year on our toll roads this Friday ahead of the three-day Columbus Day weekend. Last year, the Friday before Columbus Day was the second busiest day on the Turnpike with 690,000 transactions. The top spot in 2012 went to the Friday before Mother’s Day with 703,000 transactions. In 2011, the Friday before Columbus Day was the busiest day; drivers logged 692,000 transactions. So far in 2013, the busiest day on our toll roads has been the Friday before Mother’s Day with 698,000 transactions.
Before heading out, consider downloading the free Ride Wise Smartphone application that provides users access to the real time traffic information on Interstate 93, sections of the Massachusetts Turnpike, Route 3 on the South Shore and Route 6/Mid-Cape Highway. RideWise is now available on all major platforms – iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone. We also invite you to check MassDOT statewide live traffic cameras before you travel.
To save time, money and gas, please join E-ZPass to avoid waiting in line at cash toll booths. Toll collection will resume for passenger vehicles on the Massachusetts Turnpike between Exits 1 and 6 on October 15. Travelers between 1 and 6, and those who start or end their Turnpike travel in the 1-6 zone, will notice an increase in their tolls beginning on October 15.
Traffic congestion is also anticipated on highways heading toward popular fall and leaf peeping destinations like Cape Cod, New Hampshire and Maine. CapeFLYER weekend train service from Boston to Cape Cod will be extended through the Columbus Day holiday, Monday, October 14.
Customers may buy tickets on-board the train or on their Smartphone via the MBTA’s “mTicket” mobile ticketing app for Commuter Rail. Customers are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance. Visit CapeFLYER on the web: http://capeflyer.com
The MBTA will operate on a Saturday schedule or weekday schedule on Monday, October 14, depending on the service. Check mbta.com for details.
Fall River Route 79 Project: Ramp Closures May 28 posted on May 26
MassDOT will close the on-ramps to I-195 east and westbound from Route 79/138 and Broadway northbound, and from Central Street at Durfee Street/Milliken Boulevard on Thursday, May 28. The closures are necessary to demolish and reconstruct the last two elevated bridges as part of the …Continue Reading Fall River Route 79 Project: Ramp Closures May 28
MassDOT, Mapfre Insurance Encourage Safe Summer Driving posted on May 24
In time for Memorial Day, the kick-off to the summer driving season, MassDOT Acting Highway Administrator Thomas Tinlin joined MAPFRE Insurance in reminding motorists to adhere to speed limits, obey traffic laws and avoid distracted driving when traveling during the summer months. According to data …Continue Reading MassDOT, Mapfre Insurance Encourage Safe Summer Driving
Chelsea: Silver Line Gateway Project Bridge Closure posted on May 22
MassDOT will close the Washington Avenue Bridge in Chelsea on Tuesday, May 26 at 10:00 AM as part of the Silver Line Gateway Project. Appropriate detour signs will be in place to redirect traffic and pedestrians, and identify relocated bus stops. The bridge closure is …Continue Reading Chelsea: Silver Line Gateway Project Bridge Closure