We have already begun preparations and at the height of the storm, MassDOT crews will have mobilized thousands of pieces of snow clearing equipment throughout the state.
If driving, 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.
MassDOT’s winter driving tips are available here.
Prior to departure, residents and visitors are encourage to check out our online traffic cameras for live conditions on major roadways: www.mass.gov/511/cameras
MassDOT is responsible for 13,500 lane miles of highway and 2,900 bridges. This year MassDOT expects to use more than 570,000 tons of salt, which is stored at 214 facilities throughout Massachusetts, on state highways.
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.
Under the historic reforms signed into law earlier this year by Governor Patrick, the vast majority state's highways, roads and bridges are all controlled by one, unified MassDOT Highway Division for the first time ever, allowing for more efficiency and coordination.
MassDOT will post messages regarding storm events on variable message boards along the highway and on MassDOT's twitter page at: www.twitter.com/massdot
Route 79/Braga Bridge Project Public Meeting Set posted on Apr 17
Please join MassDOT at a public meeting for an update on construction progress on the Route 79/Braga Bridge Improvements Project, as follows: Wednesday, April 30, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Heritage State Park Auditorium, 200 Davol Street, Fall River The meeting will include an opportunity …Continue Reading Route 79/Braga Bridge Project Public Meeting Set
MBTA: New Locomotive Now in Service posted on Apr 16
MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott today at Boston North Station welcomed the first of 40 new Commuter Rail locomotives as it was placed into service on the Haverhill Line. To replace existing locomotives between 35 and 40 years old, the MBTA is procuring forty …Continue Reading MBTA: New Locomotive Now in Service
Plan Ahead: Holiday Weekend Travel posted on Apr 16
MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead, travel safely, and use public transportation where possible during the upcoming holiday weekend. Heavy traffic is expected due to Easter Sunday observances and Patriot’s Day/Marathon Monday, April 21. The heaviest traffic congestion on I-90 during busy holiday weekends is …Continue Reading Plan Ahead: Holiday Weekend Travel