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Zakim Bridge 2016MassDOT encourages the public to travel safely on the 4th of July holiday weekend, drive during lower volume times on major roadways, and use public transportation where possible.

MassDOT suspends all construction work on major arterial roadways from 12 p.m., Friday, July 1, through the start of normal business hours on Tuesday, July 5.

The I-93 SB HOV Lane will open at 2 PM on Thursday June 30th and 1 PM on Friday July 1st. The I-93 SB HOV Lane will be closed all day on Monday July 4th.

The U.S Army Corps of Engineers reports that there will be no lane restrictions on the Sagamore Bridge during the July 4th holiday.

Drivers can save time and fuel by joining E-ZPass to avoid waiting in line at cash toll booths. Travelers are reminded that the Tobin Bridge has converted to the All-Electronic Tolling system and drivers using the Tobin with no E-ZPass may travel the bridge and will be mailed a bill via the Pay-by-Plate program.

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.

Travelers are encouraged to plan ahead, allow extra time for travel, and take advantage of the many communication tools now available to help trips go smoothly.

For traffic and road conditions, drivers may use the following options to make decisions:

  • Customers may dial 511 and select a route to hear real-time conditions,
  • Visit mass511.com, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information,
  • Access MassDOT traffic cameras to view images covering portions of Route 3, Route 6, Route 28, and parts of I-90, I-91, I-93, and I-95.
  • Download the Ridewise app. Customers may use Ridewise to obtain travel times for various routes including Route 3, Route 6, I-93 and portions of I-90.  The app is available on Android and iPhone. Drivers are advised not to use the app if they are operating a motor vehicle.

While making your summer vacation preparations, rest assured that MassDOT’s Highway Assistance Patrol program, sponsored by MAPFRE Insurance, patrols routes in Metro Boston, Worcester, Springfield & Cape Cod (seasonal) during peak coverage hours, Monday – Friday, 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. with extended hours on the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) and extended holiday routes in heavy traffic areas. In addition to the HAP vehicles, MassDOT operates an Incident Response Vehicle fleet of flatbed tow trucks, also sponsored by MAPFRE Insurance. IRV’s assigned to Interstate 93, the Maurice Tobin J. Memorial Bridge, Ted Williams Tunnel, Sumner Tunnel and Callahan Tunnel patrol 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

The CapeFLYER weekend rail service to Cape Cod will run on a Saturday/Sunday schedule on July 4th.

Check the MBTA for services on Monday, July 4th.

On Monday, July 4, beginning at 2:00 p.m., MBTA subway service will operate at rush-hour levels to accommodate increased holiday ridership.  Fares will be not be collected after 9:30 p.m., on July 4.

As a reminder, bicycles are not allowed on any subway lines for the entire day on the Fourth of July. Bicycles are also prohibited on inbound Commuter Rail trains from 10 a.m., to 6 p.m., as well as on outbound trains after 4 p.m.

On the 4th of July, Alewife, Braintree, Quincy Adams, and Wonderland parking facilities will require payment upon entry (cash and credit cards accepted). All other MBTA garages and lots will operate as usual on the Fourth of July. In order to ensure all customers exit in a timely manner, extra staff will be on hand to assist customers with parking payment. Due to heavy parking demand, some MBTA parking garages and lots may fill more quickly than usual.

All Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles Offices offices will be closed on Monday, July 4th, in observance of the holiday.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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