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fullsizerenderMassDOT advises members of the public to continue to make informed decisions today and this weekend as state and municipal efforts continue to remove snow from roads and crews look ahead to the next weather-related events this weekend.

“We are pleased with the cooperation from the public during this significant snow storm,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “Over 1,400 MassDOT employees and contractors worked hard throughout the overnight last night preparing our roadways for this morning’s commute, and continue to focus on pushing snow further off the roadway and out of breakdown lanes and ramp areas. We continue to encourage travelers to take mass transit, think about where they will park if they are driving to destinations and continue to monitor weather and road conditions in order to make smart decisions before leaving home.”

“We would like to thank all those who avoided driving during the winter weather yesterday and adjusted their travel plans due to the Blizzard Warning and conditions state-wide,” said Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin. “Our crews and contractors had plenty of space to work with light traffic volume and with more winter weather expected throughout the state over the next several days, we ask all travelers to use technology tools and media resources to check conditions before heading out for destinations and, as always, use public transportation if at all possible.”

In order to allow for continued snow removal, the “active travel” breakdown lane was closed for travel this morning on Route 3 northbound between exit 12 and exit 16. It is expected that the breakdown lane will be opened as scheduled on Monday for the morning commute.

The MBTA is continuing to closely monitor conditions and as of 10:30 a.m., closed its Emergency Operations Center (EOC). All subway, commuter rail, and ferry/commuter boat service will operate a regular weekday schedule today. Some bus routes will continue to operate on designated snow routes due to current road conditions.

Travelers should check T-Alerts at www.mbta.com/alerts for up-to-date service information and sign up to receive mobile phone or e-mail T-Alerts.

If drivers are heading out onto the roads today and this weekend, they are advised to drive the conditions, make informed decisions regarding their travel plans, and remember MassDOT’s message, “Don’t Crowd the Plow.” Drivers should stay behind snow removal equipment on the roadways, always wear seatbelts, minimize distractions, turn off or put away cell phones and devote full attention to what is ahead on the road.

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