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traffic-cam-sturbridge-oct-2017MassDOT is advising the public to plan ahead for travel during the upcoming Columbus Day holiday weekend, one of the busiest weekends of the year on state highways, and to take note of holiday schedules for use of the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane between Boston-Quincy and for visiting Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) customer service center locations.

In recent years during this holiday weekend, there has been in particular traffic congestion at some locations during late afternoon hours on Thursday, October 4, and Friday, October 5, especially on highways leading toward popular fall destinations including Cape Cod, New Hampshire, and Maine.

The Boston I-93 HOV lane will open early on Thursday, October 4, at 2 p.m., will open at 1 p.m., Friday, October 5, and will not be deployed on Monday, October 8.

The Sumner Tunnel Swing Lane will open at 3 p.m., Friday, October 5, and will remain open until 5 a.m., Tuesday, October 9.

Free coffee will be served at the 18 MassDOT service plazas from 10 p.m. Monday, October 8, through 5 a.m., Tuesday, October 9. The plazas serving free coffee include 11 service plazas along I-90 plus plazas along Route 3 in Plymouth, Route 128 in Beverly, Route 128/I-95 in Newton and Lexington, Route 6 in Barnstable, and the Route 24 northbound and southbound plazas.

The MBTA will operate on a weekday schedule on Monday, October 8.  Please check mbta.com for details.

RMV customer service locations will be closed for the Columbus Day holiday on Monday, October 8, as are all Commonwealth of Massachusetts offices. The Registry reminds motorists to “Skip the Line, Go Online” and visit www.mass.gov/RMV to begin or complete many license and registration transactions.  In addition, AAA members now have the opportunity to conduct many RMV transactions at AAA branch office locations in Massachusetts which will be open on Saturday, October 6.

Members of the public are encouraged to consider traveling to destinations this holiday weekend by using public transportation.  If driving, individuals are urged to plan ahead, allow extra time for travel, and take advantage of the many communication tools now available to help trips go smoothly.

For more information on traffic conditions, travelers are encouraged to:

  • Dial 511 and select a route to hear real-time conditions.
  • 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.
  • Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions.
  • Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation wishes all members of the public a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.

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