As always, I-90 Exit 9 connecting I-84 to Connecticut and New York experiences heavy traffic on peak holiday travel days. Drivers are encouraged to consider travel during the early morning or after 8 p.m. Traffic congestion is also typical at the I-95 and I-495 Turnpike interchanges along with I-495 and I-93 northbound leading into New Hampshire.
MassDOT’s Traffic and Travel Resources page includes links to all MassDOT travel resources.
If you have yet to do so, now is the time to sign up for EZPass and avoid cash tolls.
Before you travel, visit MassDOT’s online traffic camera webpage to check live traffic cameras across the Commonwealth. The 511 traffic alert system alerts customers to traffic conditions throughout the holiday weekend.
Free coffee will be served at all MassDOT service plazas between 10 p.m. on Christmas night, Thursday, December 25, until 5 a.m. on Friday, December 26, and between 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Wednesday, December 31, until 5 a.m. on Thursday, January 1, 2015.
Because of an expected reduction in traffic volumes during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays during the weeks starting December 22, and December 29, the I-93 HOV Zipper Lane will NOT be deployed on the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of those two weeks.
Please remember winter driving skills and tips for preparation. Examples: motorists should drive with headlights on, observe posted speed limits, never drink and drive, make sure everyone is using a seatbelt and clear snow from vehicles before driving. More information on safe winter driving is available at the MassDOT website.
The MBTA Christmas Day through New Year’s Day holiday service schedule includes a Sunday service schedule for Thursday, December 25 and Thursday, January 1, 2015. The T will provide rush hour level service from 3:00 pm through 2:00 am on New Year’s Eve, December 31. The MBTA will not collect fares after 8:00pm on New Year’s Eve. Check out the full T schedule at www.mbta.com.
All Registry of Motor Vehicles offices will be closed on Thursday, December 25 and Thursday, January 1, 2015. Please visit the RMV online.
Longfellow Bridge: Next Stage of Construction to Begin in August posted on Jul 22
MassDOT’s contractor is scheduled to begin the next stage of construction on the Longfellow Bridge in August 2016 now that the MBTA Red Line trains have been moved to their new locations. In this stage, bridge rehabilitation work will occur under the MBTA outbound track. …Continue Reading Longfellow Bridge: Next Stage of Construction to Begin in August
Maynard: Assabet River Rail Trail to Connect with MBTA Station posted on Jul 21
MassDOT Highway Administrator Tom Tinlin today joined local legislators to break ground on the Assabet River Rail Trail construction project in Maynard. The $6.7 million project links the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge with the downtown Maynard business district as well as the MBTA South …Continue Reading Maynard: Assabet River Rail Trail to Connect with MBTA Station
Coming Soon: Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Stations posted on Jul 20
MassDOT has announced that “Fast Charging” Stations for Electric Vehicles will be available at I-90 Service Plazas beginning later this year. Depending upon the electric vehicle and the state of its current charge, the stations will charge an electric vehicle to at least 80% power …Continue Reading Coming Soon: Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Stations