Thanksgiving holiday traffic is predicted to be heavier than last year and at its peak on Wednesday November 24 and Sunday November 28. I-90 Exit 9 connecting I-84 to Connecticut and New York will experience heavy traffic and busy toll plazas. To avoid delays on Wednesday and Sunday, drivers are encouraged to consider travel during the early morning or after 8 p.m.
Traffic congestion is also expected 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.
The 511 traffic alert system will include a custom message to coincide with road side VMS message boards encouraging drivers to plan ahead for Thanksgiving travel and messages to alert customers to traffic advisories around the clock during the holiday weekend.
Visit MassDOT's online traffic camera webpage with more than 90 live traffic cameras throughout the highway system. The cameras refresh every 10 seconds to provide real time traffic views.
Massachusetts residents should consider joining Fast Lane to ease their holiday and regular future travels on I-90. Fast lane is also accepted on all E-Z pass roadways. Massachusetts residents can join Fast Lane at www.mass.gov/fastlane.
MassDOT will suspend highway construction projects on major roadways across the state from 5:00 am on Wednesday, November 24, through normal start of business on Monday, November 29. Travel restrictions will remain in place on larger road projects.
To promote safe driving, free coffee will be served at all 18 MassDOT service plazas courtesy of McDonalds, Burger King, and Gulf between 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving night, Thursday, November 25, until 5 a.m. on Friday, November 26.
MBTA'S HOLIDAY TRAVEL SCHEDULE, TIPS FOR TAKING THE T TO LOGAN
The MBTA Thanksgiving Holiday service schedule for Wednesday, November 24 through Friday, November 26 is available at www.mbta.com
Due to heavy traffic, residents are encouraged to use public transportation to get to and from Logan Airport. On the day before Thanksgiving, more than 50,000 drivers are expected to travel through the Ted Williams, Callahan and Sumner Tunnels.
To accommodate MBTA customers traveling to and from Logan Airport, the Silver, Red, Orange, Green, and Blue Lines will offer additional service during peak airport travel times before the holiday and continuing through Tuesday, November 30. The Silver Line stops at five Logan terminals. With low floors and plenty of space, the 60-foot-long Silver Line vehicles are ideal for customers traveling with luggage. Remember to buy a CharlieTicket when leaving Logan. Buy a CharlieTicket with a One- or Seven-Day LinkPass to use during the holiday weekend.
For more detailed information on service around the holiday go to www.mbta.com or call an MBTA Customer Support Representative at 617-222-3200 or 800-392-6100, TTY 617-222-5146, Monday through Friday 6:30 AM to 8:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM.
AIR TRAVELER TIPS
For air travelers, Massport recommends passengers allow extra time to check in and get through security and to always check their airline flight status before leaving for the airport. Visit www.massport.com for updated flight arrival and departure information.
WINTER DRIVING TIPS
To prepare for the coming wintry weather, motorists should check all fluids, make sure their radiator is winterized, maintain a gas tank above half-full and keep windshield washing fluid on hand. A winter survival kit should include an ice scraper and shovel, flashlight, jumper cables, flares, sand for traction, extra clothing or blankets, a first-aid kit and non-perishable food.
Use the brake and gas pedal lightly when driving in icy conditions and watch for bridges, which freeze before roadways. Do not use cruise control in icy conditions. Clear frost from windows and mirrors. And remember that exit ramps may have less sand and salt on them than the highway.
Motorists who drive 4×4 vehicles are urged to remember that those vehicles tend to be heavier than passenger vehicles and actually may take longer to stop. Don't get overconfident in a 4×4 vehicle's traction.
Remember that the road in front of the plow is usually in much worse condition than the roadway behind the plow. Plows will typically travel under 35 miles per hour and there is always a temptation to pass them. For safety purposes, it is recommended to stay a safe distance behind snowplows.
In wintry weather, motorists should drive with headlights on, observe posted speed limits, never drink and drive, make sure everyone is using a seatbelt and be on the lookout for changing weather conditions. Other safety precautions include obeying warning signs, keeping a safe distance between vehicles and using four-way flashers when stopped in traffic or traveling slowly.
More information on safe winter driving is available at the MassDOT website.