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storrow-drive-change-2018The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is reminding drivers to follow the new pavement markings and traffic configuration that is currently in place on approximately 800 feet of Storrow Drive westbound between Leverett and Charles Circle in Boston.

Last week, MassDOT installed new pavement markings in this area on a pilot basis to improve traffic flow. This area is a convergence point for traffic coming from several regional routes including I-93, Route 1 and Route 1A. MassDOT’s traffic modeling indicates that these changes may be beneficial and improve traffic flow; however, it is important to evaluate actual conditions and driver behavior.

“These new pavement markings have increased roadway capacity and there is no longer a required lane switch in order to continue westbound on Storrow Drive. Instead, drivers exiting the tunnel can utilize all lanes, including the left travel lane which was previously an exit-only lane,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “We encourage drivers to obey the new pavement markings and signage, recognize that there may be impacts as travelers become adjusted to the new traffic pattern, and devote their full attention to the road ahead when traveling throughout this area.”

MassDOT is continuing to monitor traffic conditions at this location under this pilot program and will be evaluating results this week and making a decision regarding potential long-term changes. MassDOT encourages the public to be mindful of potential traffic impacts. Those traveling through the area should reduce speed and use caution.

This pilot program is one component of MassDOT’s larger effort to re-examine pavement markings on roadways throughout the state and make updates as needed to improve traffic flow and increase reliability. This effort incorporates traffic modeling as well as driver feedback and data after temporary changes have been implemented. Other examples of locations where pavement markings have been updated include the I-93 southbound/Route 3 interchange in Braintree, the I-90 eastbound/I-95 interchange in Weston, the I-95 northbound/I-90 interchange in Newton, and on I-84 westbound in Sturbridge.

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