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, Friday, December 25, until 5 a.m. on Saturday, December 26, and between 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31, until 5 a.m. on Friday, January 1, 2016.
Because of an expected reduction in traffic volumes during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the I-93 HOV Zipper Lane will NOT be deployed on the 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 Friday, December 25 and Friday, January 1, 2016. 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 Friday, December 25 and Friday, January 1, 2016. “Skip the Line” and visit the RMV online.
Worcester: Belmont Street Bridge Opens posted on Mar 23
MassDOT has announced that the Belmont Street Bridge that carries Route 9 over Interstate 290 in Worcester is now open to its permanent configuration. The bridge now features two eastbound lanes toward Shrewsbury, two westbound lanes toward Lincoln Square and a newly-added, left-turn lane through …Continue Reading Worcester: Belmont Street Bridge Opens
Highway Assistance Patrol Program: MAPFRE Sponsorship Extension posted on Mar 23
MassDOT is pleased to announce an agreement to extend MAPFRE Insurance’s sponsorship of the Highway Assistance Patrol program (HAP) through March 2018. This extension marks the 15th year of partnership between MassDOT and MAPFRE in providing excellent customer service and safe, quick clearance on the …Continue Reading Highway Assistance Patrol Program: MAPFRE Sponsorship Extension
South Coast Rail: Notice of Project Change posted on Mar 22
The Baker-Polito Administration’s Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has filed a Notice of Project Change (NPC) for the South Coast Rail (SCR) Project with the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office on March 15, 2017. The Notice advances South Coast Rail as a phased project that …Continue Reading South Coast Rail: Notice of Project Change