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.
Ashuwillticook Rail Trail Final Section Open, Trail Now 12.2 Miles posted on May 23
MassDOT is pleased to announce that the final section of the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail in Adams is now open for public use, making the trail 12.2 miles long. “The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail goes through some of the most scenic areas of Massachusetts,” said MassDOT Secretary …Continue Reading Ashuwillticook Rail Trail Final Section Open, Trail Now 12.2 Miles
Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Project: I-90 Lane Reductions June 3-5 posted on May 23
As part of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Replacement Project, “dry run” lane reductions on I-90 have been scheduled during the weekend of June 3-4 through early Monday morning, June 5. From 11:59 PM on Friday, June 2, to 5:00 AM on Monday, June 5, MassDOT …Continue Reading Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Project: I-90 Lane Reductions June 3-5
MassDOT: Fourth Annual Safe Streets Smart Trips High School Video Contest posted on May 19
MassDOT today announced the fourth annual statewide high school video contest – Safe Streets Smart Trips. The contest serves as an initiative within the Massachusetts Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) to promote safe walking, bicycling, and driving behaviors within the Commonwealth. The contest began three …Continue Reading MassDOT: Fourth Annual Safe Streets Smart Trips High School Video Contest