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Traffic I-90 Sturbridge, November 2018During the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, MassDOT is reminding the public to be alert while traveling, aware of holiday work restrictions and mindful of roadway conditions.

“Drivers traveling throughout this holiday weekend are reminded to focus on getting to their destinations safely,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “This includes eliminating cell phone usage as well as other distractions while driving.”

“Due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, people should make smart decisions before traveling,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “The public can plan ahead by using traffic resources such as, recognizing service impacts and choosing the best route, mode and time to travel.”

The HOV lane will be deployed on the morning of Friday, January 17th, for regular operating times and in the afternoon the HOV will open two hours early, at 1:00 p.m. The HOV lane will not open on Monday, January 20th. The HOV will resume normal deployment hours on Tuesday, January 21.

On Monday, January 20th, the Sumner Tunnel Swing Lane will not be deployed. The Swing Lane will return to its regular deployment schedule on Tuesday, January 21st, 2020, operating from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Customers are reminded that Commonwealth of Massachusetts offices, including the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV), will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 20th, 2020. To perform select RMV services at your convenience, please visit the RMV website: Additionally, during business hours, AAA members can perform many RMV services at the various AAA branch locations across Massachusetts.

For traffic and road conditions, drivers may use the following options to make decisions:

  • Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.
  • Download Waze, the real-time traffic navigation app that provides motorists with real-time traffic conditions across Massachusetts.
  • Visit to view travel times, road construction, traffic alerts or crashes along a route. Incidents, road closures, lane closures, real-time live traffic cameras, and weather alerts/forecasts, can all be viewed on the interactive live Traffic Map.
  • Dial 511 from a landline or cell phone to hear information on current conditions on major roadways.
  • Register for a Mass511 account to create and personalize routes and alerts to be notified of events on those routes ahead of time.
  • Check MassDOT Highway Traffic and Travel Resources.
  • Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT as incidents that impact traffic flow are generally mentioned in tweets if they occur on the state’s major highways.


The Massachusetts Department of Transportation wishes all members of the public a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.

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