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Traffic I-93MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead and travel safely during the upcoming Mother’s Day weekend.  The heaviest traffic is expected Friday and Sunday afternoons and early evenings, particularly on toll roads and the Cape Cod approaches, leading into Mother’s Day weekend. Drivers are encouraged to make travel plans accordingly and if possible avoid peak traffic volumes between 1pm and 7pm on those days.

The Friday before Mother’s Day ranked second only to the Friday before Columbus Day with the most toll transactions logged in a single day in 2013 with 698,481 transactions. October 11, 2013 ranked first with more than 700,000 transactions. These figures include an accounting of all toll road transactions including the Massachusetts Turnpike, the Tobin Bridge and the Harbor Tunnels.

Fridays in the warm weather months consistently make up the top ten. Cash collection booths across the Commonwealth will be adequately staffed throughout the weekend. To save time, money and gas, motorists who have not yet done so are encouraged to join E-ZPass to avoid waiting in line at cash toll booths.

I-90 traffic is expected to be especially heavy at the I-84 interchange at Exit 9 in Sturbridge and at Exit 11A, I-495, which handles cars headed south to Cape Cod and north to New Hampshire and Maine. Traffic congestion is also expected heading on and off Cape Cod throughout the weekend. The Cape is a popular Mother’s Day weekend destination and travelers this year have access to real time roadside traffic information through the newly launched GO Time system. To plan ahead, the traffic information is available for download using the free RideWise Smartphone App that provides live traffic conditions to and from popular Cape destinations.

The Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for the ongoing work at the Sagamore Bridge. To sign up for Bridge Alerts from the Corps: http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/CapeCodCanal/BridgeAlerts.aspx

MassDOT’s Traffic and Travel Resources page includes links to all MassDOT travel resources. Before you travel, check the interactive live Traffic Cameras web page to view current traffic. Sign up at the 511 Traveler Information Service to receive personalized travel information alerts via email, text or telephone. MassDOT as always reminds drivers to avoid using cell phones while driving.  Call into the 511 service before departing.

A reminder that the Massachusetts Safe Driving Law bans texting while driving and cell phone use while driving by 16 and 17 year old drivers.  Drivers are reminded to travel safely and avoid distracted driving such as using cell phones.

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