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Traffic Route 3 Chelmsford, October 2019MassDOT is advising Columbus Day travelers to make informed decisions, utilize all the available technology tools including www.mass511.com, and consider public transportation if possible to reach destinations.

MassDOT is taking several steps to ensure reliable travel for members of the public who utilize transportation systems across the Commonwealth. Construction outside of fixed work zones will be shut down beginning at 5 a.m. on Friday, October 11. Scheduled road work will then resume at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, October 15.

The High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane on I-93 between Boston and Quincy will be open during normal morning hours on Thursday, October 10, and Friday, October 11, from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. The lane will have extended hours of 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 10, and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, October 11. On Monday, October 14, the HOV lane will be closed and it will resume its normal operations on Tuesday, October 15.

The additional “swing lane” on Route 1A southbound at the Sumner Tunnel will operate during its normal hours on Friday, October 1, from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. The lane will not be deployed on Monday, October 14.

Free coffee will be served at all 18 MassDOT service plazas from 10 p.m. on Monday, October 14, through 5 a.m. on Tuesday, October 15.  The plazas serving free coffee include all 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.

MassDOT’s Highway Assistance Program, sponsored by MAPFRE, supports roadside assistance needs. Requests for assistance can be initiated by calling 911. The Highway Assistance Program operators monitor the state’s busiest highways and turnpikes around Metro Boston, Worcester, Springfield and Cape Cod (seasonal). The Highway Assistance Patrol covers 13 major state roadways and interstates, the Emergency Service Patrol covers the Mass Pike (I-90) from New York to Boston and the Incident Response Operators cover the Metropolitan Highway System and tunnels. The Highway Assistance Patrol is in service Monday–Friday between the hours of 6 a.m.–10 a.m. and 3 p.m.–7 p.m. During holidays, there are extended routes in heavy traffic areas. On I-90, and in Boston’s tunnel system, assistance is provided 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.

The MBTA will operate on a weekday schedule on Monday, October 14. For more information, visit www.mbta.com.

For traffic and road conditions, drivers have many options to make decisions, including:

  • Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.
  • Download Waze, the real-time traffic navigation app that provides motorists with real-time traffic conditions across Massachusetts.
  • Visit www.mass511.com to view travel times, road construction, traffic alerts or crashes along a route. Incidents, road closures, lane closures, real-time live traffic cameras, and weather alerts/forecasts, can all be viewed on the interactive live Traffic Map.
  • Dial 511 from a landline or cell phone to hear information on current conditions on major roadways.
  • Register for a Mass511 account to create and personalize routes and alerts to be notified of events on those routes ahead of time.
  • Check MassDOT Highway Traffic and Travel Resources.
  • Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT as incidents that impact traffic flow are generally mentioned in tweets if they occur on the state’s major highways.

Customers are also advised that the Registry of Motor Vehicles offices are closed for the designated state holiday of Columbus Day on Monday, October 14. Please visit the RMV online at any time to skip the line and perform many transactions. In addition, AAA members now have the opportunity to conduct many RMV services at numerous AAA branch office locations in Massachusetts during AAA normal business hours.

Drivers are reminded to avoid littering on roadways. Violators are subject to a fine of up to $5,500 for the first offense.

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

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