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winter-traffic-lee-march-7-2018MassDOT is reminding members of the public that the ongoing winter storm is currently predicted to continue overnight and into the early morning hours on Thursday, which could lead to travel impacts for Thursday’s peak morning commute. Members of the public should continue to monitor weather and road conditions, make informed decisions on traveling, and exercise safe driving behavior when getting behind the wheel of a vehicle.

“Our snow and ice teams will be deployed throughout the night in order to treat and clear roadways, and motorists should recognize that snowfall and travel impacts may continue into Thursday morning,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “We encourage those who will be traveling to plan ahead, consider allowing extra time to reach their destinations, reduce speeds as needed, and make smart and safe decisions if heading out onto the roads.”

MassDOT’s snow and ice operations have been activated throughout Wednesday with crews deployed as needed throughout the Commonwealth. At this hour, over 2,500 pieces of snow and ice equipment including snowplows and spreaders are active on highways across Massachusetts.

If drivers go out on the roadways, they are advised to drive the conditions, lower their speeds, give themselves extra time to reach their destinations, and remember MassDOT’s message, “Don’t Crowd the Plow,” meaning that motorists should stay behind snow removal equipment on the roadways. MassDOT strongly urges drivers to always wear seatbelts, minimize distractions, turn off or put away cell-phones and devote full attention to what is ahead on the road.

For updates on road and traffic conditions in Massachusetts, drivers can:

  • Dial 511 before heading out onto the roadways and select a route to hear real-time conditions.
  • Visit www.mass511.com, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information, access to traffic cameras, and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.
  • Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions
  • Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.

Other important winter driving tips include:

  • Clear snow and ice from all motor vehicle windows, lights, tailpipe area, hood and roof before driving.
  • Leave plenty of room for stopping.
  • Remember that the posted speed limits are for dry pavement.
  • Use brakes carefully. Brake early. Brake correctly. It takes more time and distance to stop in adverse conditions.
  • Bridge decks freeze first. Due to the difference in the exposure to air, the surface condition can be worse on a bridge than on the approach road.
  • Leave room for maintenance vehicles and plows – stay back at least 200 feet and don’t pass on the right.
  • Seat belts should be worn at all times – it’s the law.
  • Most importantly please remember to slow down.

Please review more information on safe winter driving.

 

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