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.
As planned, there will be no construction over the July 4th weekend as part of the Medford I-93 "93Fast14" Bridges project. MassDOT also will suspend construction on major state road and bridge projects beginning at Noon on Friday, July 1 through the beginning of regular business hours on Tuesday, July 5. The exception: the Wellesley Cedar Street Bridge over Route 9 "Heavy Lift" project which will replace the entire bridge during the weekend beginning Friday, July 1 at 10 PM to Monday, July 4 at 10 PM. Detours will be in place.
Drivers are reminded of the Massachusetts Safe Driving law and to travel safely and avoid distracted driving such as using cell phones. Check out the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration distracted driving information page.
MassDOT will have I-90 toll plazas fully staffed during the holiday weekend to help reduce congestion. The Massachusetts State Police will be stationed along I-90 to ensure drivers slow down and obey posted speed limits on the roadway and at FAST LANE toll plazas.
Free coffee will be served at the 18 MassDOT service plazas from 10 pm Monday, July 4, through 5 am Tuesday 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.
The MBTA is prepared for the July 4 festivities with an increase in service for the thousands of people traveling to and from the Esplanade. Along with more service, bus, subway, and commuter rail fares will not be collected from 10:30 p.m. to the end of service on Monday, July 4. Visit the MBTA Holiday Service web page to learn more.
Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel posted on May 24
MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead and travel safely during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The heaviest traffic is observed during Thursday, Friday, and Monday afternoons and early evenings. Drivers are encouraged to make travel plans accordingly and if possible avoid peak traffic volumes between …Continue Reading Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel
MBTA: Hoverboards Not Allowed posted on May 24
Effective immediately, hoverboards are prohibited on all MBTA property, including stations, buses, subways, trains, and commuter boats. MBTA subway and bus personnel, along with Keolis Commuter Rail staff have been informed that customers with hoverboards shall not be permitted to bring such devices into MBTA …Continue Reading MBTA: Hoverboards Not Allowed
MBTA General Manager DePaola Retirement posted on May 24
Frank DePaola, P.E., who has served as General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) since February 2015, announced to staff that he plans to retire after his current appointment expires on June 30. Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack thanked DePaola in a letter …Continue Reading MBTA General Manager DePaola Retirement