At the same time, MassDOT is also helping Cape Cod travelers by rolling out new traffic resources, including new online cameras showing road conditions on Route 6 Westbound and using message boards to share with drivers the extent of the heavy traffic leaving the Cape on Sundays.
“Just in time for the busy July 4th holiday we are launching a service people have been clamoring for,” said Secretary Davey. “Real time traffic data will better allow people to plan their commutes giving them greater control over their day. These initiatives are further examples of the Patrick-Murray Administration's commitment to improving the customer experience through innovation.”
The Real Time Traffic Management pilot includes I-93 Northbound and Southbound travel time information via 22 signs. The signs display travel times in segments between various interchanges. For example, drivers passing Pelham Street in Methuen see on average a 14 minute travel time to Route 128 in Woburn. As traffic slows, road sensors send updated travel times every minute to the message boards letting drivers know how long it will be until they reach their destination.
Drivers will also notice these boards on highways approaching I-93. On I-95 Northbound before Neponset Street drivers will see the time it takes to reach the Braintree Split. MassDOT is working to link this real time information for customers via 511 and also in the future make it accessible to third parties through its open data initiative.
This week, MassDOT is also bringing online seven additional cameras for residents and visitors interested in road conditions on Cape Cod at mass.gov/massdot (cameras 224 to 230). The Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority is now hosting two new cameras on its website: capecodtransit.org. Six message boards are also being deployed to communicate road conditions. (A list of camera and message board locations is attached.) Plans to provide even further resources for Cape Cod travelers are in progress. Beyond I-93 and Route 6, MassDOT is next hoping to bring this statewide real time traffic initiative to Western Massachusetts along I-91.
As always, drivers are encouraged to plan ahead and drive safely during upcoming July 4th holiday. Before you drive, check the interactive Traffic Cameras web page for live looks at current traffic.
Drivers may sign up for the 511 traveler information service to receive alerts via email, text or telephone by dialing 511 or logging onto www.mass.gov/511 to register and receive personalized updates. MassDOT reminds drivers to avoid using cell phones while driving and to call into the 511 service before they leave.
Drivers are reminded of the Massachusetts Safe Driving law and to travel safely and avoid distracted driving.
MassDOT will suspend highway construction projects on major roadways across the state from Noon on Tuesday, July 3 through normal start of business on Thursday, July 5.
I-90 toll plazas will be fully staffed during the holiday to help reduce congestion.
Free coffee will be served at the 18 MassDOT service plazas from 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, through 5 a.m. Thursday morning, July 5. 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.