MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead, travel safely, and use public transportation where possible during the upcoming holiday weekend. Increased traffic volumes throughout the weekend and into Monday are possible due to Easter Sunday observances and Patriot’s Day/Marathon on Monday, April 17.
Drivers are advised to expect delays and traffic impacts if they are traveling in the area of the Boston Marathon route on Monday. Lane and exit closures will occur, including, a closure of Exit 22 on I-90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike) starting on Monday at 9:00 a.m., and a closure of the ramps from I-95 northbound and southbound to Route 16 in Newton on Monday, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Additionally, Exit 21A on I-495 northbound and southbound, as well as Exit 20 on I-495 northbound, and the on-ramp to I-495 from West Main Street in Hopkinton will be closed starting at 6 a.m. on Monday. Route 85 in Milford will have lane restrictions throughout the day, and the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane on I-93 between Boston and Quincy will be open during the normal morning and evening hours on Monday, April 17, to accommodate holiday and marathon travelers.
The MBTA advises its customers to check mbta.com or sign up for T Alerts since transit service will be impacted by Marathon activities Saturday through Monday. To make traveling around Boston easier on race day, www.mbta.com has a special Marathon viewing map online with distances to the race course from transit stations, and the MBTA is offering a One-Day Pass for unlimited travel on the subway and bus systems for just $12. There is also a $20 all-day pass for the Framingham/Worcester Commuter Rail Line, which runs parallel to the Boston Marathon routes.
For more information on traffic conditions travelers are also encouraged to:
- Dial 511 before heading out onto the roadways and select a route to hear real-time conditions.
- Visit www.mass511.com, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information, access to traffic cameras, 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.
Customers are advised that the Registry of Motor Vehicles offices are closed on the designated state holiday of Monday, April 17. Please visit at any hour of the day the RMV online at www.massrmv.com to perform many transactions. In addition, AAA members now have the opportunity to access many RMV services at 23 AAA branch office locations in Massachusetts during AAA normal business hours.
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