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image002-10MassDOT is reminding the public that when traveling north in Boston on the Southeast Expressway (I-93), the Express Lane to Logan/Route1A is open to general traffic.  The Express Lane begins just after Exit 20 northbound and is accessible from the left side of the roadway.

AAA is predicting air travel will be at its highest level in 15 years, with 6.7 million customers taking to the skies. The Express Lane from 93 northbound provides another route option for drivers traveling to Logan Airport during the holidays.

The Express Lane is part of MassDOT’s South Boston Bypass Road pilot program that began on October 15, 2018 and will run through September 30, 2019.  The pilot program allows all traffic to use sections of the South Boston Bypass Road and a portion of the I-93 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV lane) in South Boston at all times.  This pilot program was launched following approval by the Massachusetts Environment Policy Act (MEPA) office which issued an Advisory Opinion at the request of MassDOT.

Throughout the pilot program, MassDOT will analyze the impact of these traffic access changes on commuters, residents, businesses and the local environment. Upon completion of the pilot, MassDOT will return the two roadways to previous limited traffic conditions and evaluate the pilot program findings.  Potential permanent changes to traffic access throughout this area will require coordination and approval from numerous state and federal agencies including Massport, MEPA, the National Environmental Policy Act process, and the Federal Highway Administration. Any permanent change would require the filing of a Notice of Project Change over the original Final Environmental Impact Report.

Members of the public are encouraged to consider traveling to destinations this holiday season by using public transportation.  If driving, individuals are urged to plan ahead, allow extra time for travel, and take advantage of the many communication tools now available to help trips go smoothly.

For more information on traffic conditions, travelers are encouraged to:

  • Dial 511 and select a route to hear real-time conditions.
  • Visit www.mass511.com, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.
  • Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions.
  • Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.

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