Summer vacation season is here, and MassHighway and Turnpike officials advise motorists to drive safely, smartly and avoid peak travel times.
On the Mass Pike and other major highways Friday and Sunday afternoons and early evenings are the busiest. In 2008, Thursday, July 3 was a busy traffic day/evening. The last Friday in July and the first Friday in August were among the heaviest traffic volume days. August Sundays are the busiest of the year.
Major summer events such as Boston’s July 4th Pops and Fireworks Celebration and Sail Boston 2009 from July 8 to 13 can close roads and change traffic patterns. Also on July 3 the BSO’s concert season at Tanglewood in Lenox begins and brings extra volume to Exit 2 on the Pike.
Motorists should pay close attention to heavy volume at the Pike’s busy I-84 interchange at Exit 9 in Sturbridge, along with Exit 11 at I-495 and Exit 15 at I-95 (Route 128). To learn more, check radio traffic reports, call the 511 state traffic information line, or visit the Mass Pike website for expanded Road Conditions, real-time Traffic Cameras, Construction Advisories, and to sign up for E-traveler e-mails updating traffic changes and road conditions.
To save time, money and gas, motorists are encouraged to join FAST LANE. Free transponders are available online or by calling 1-877-MASSPIKE (1-877-627-7745). Free transponders will be offered instantly at Pike Service Plazas in Framingham off I-90 West on Tuesday, June 30 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm; in Westborough off I-90 West on Wednesday, July 1 and in Charlton East and West on Thursday, July 2, all from 10 am to 2 pm.
Compliments of McDonalds and Gulf, free coffee will be served to keep motorists alert and safe at the 11 service plazas along the Turnpike on July 4th night into Sunday morning, from 10 pm to 5 am.
Methuen Rotary: New I-93 Northbound Ramp Opens July 30 posted on Jul 25
MassDOT’s Methuen Rotary Interchange Reconstruction Project reaches a major milestone on Saturday, July 30, when the first new ramp of the reconstructed interchange opens to traffic. The new I-93 northbound on-ramp is located approximately 400 feet east of the current ramp. A new signal will …Continue Reading Methuen Rotary: New I-93 Northbound Ramp Opens July 30
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