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traffic-camera-chelmsford-feb-2017MassDOT advises the public to avoid or minimize travel during the overnight hours as heavy winds, blowing snow, and very low temperatures will continue to make travel challenging throughout the state. Drivers should continue to make informed and smart decisions on Friday and throughout the weekend if they will be heading out onto the roadways.

“We encourage the public to stay off the roadways during the overnight hours as our crews continue clearing and treating road surfaces and pushing back snowbanks ahead of artic conditions that will set in this evening,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “The high winds are causing snow to blow back onto the roadways, and the extreme low temperatures may cause snow and other surfaces to freeze, which is why our crews are out in force working to remove snow from the travel lanes and shoulders of highways. Drivers should recognize that winter weather conditions will continue into the overnight hours and into Friday, and should make appropriate decisions and exercise safe driving behavior.”

MassDOT’s snow and ice operations have been activated throughout Thursday and treating and clearing roadways with more than 3,600 pieces of snow and ice equipment. Operations will continue throughout the evening and overnight hours as conditions necessitate.

On Friday, the High Occupancy Vehicle lane on I-93 between Boston and Quincy will be closed for the afternoon and evening commutes due to storm cleanup operations.

If drivers must go out on the roadways, they are advised to drive the conditions, lower their speeds, give themselves extra time to reach their destinations, and remember MassDOT’s message, “Don’t Crowd the Plow.” MassDOT strongly urges drivers to always wear seatbelts, minimize distractions, turn off or put away cell-phones and devote their full attention to what is ahead on the road.

For updates on road and traffic conditions in Massachusetts, drivers can:

  • Dial 511 before heading out onto the roadways and select a route to hear real-time conditions.
  • Visit www.mass511.com, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information, access to traffic cameras, 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.

Other important winter driving tips include:

  • Clear snow and ice from all windows and lights, even the hood and roof, before driving, (start with the tailpipe).
  • Leave plenty of room for stopping.
  • Remember that the posted speed limits are for dry pavement.
  • Use brakes carefully. Brake early. Pump brakes as you prepare to come to a full stop.  It takes more time and distance to stop in adverse conditions.
  • Bridge decks freeze before roadway surfaces leading up to them due to the difference in the exposure to air.
  • Leave room for maintenance vehicles and plows – stay back at least 200 feet and don’t pass on the right.
  • Seat belts should be worn at all times – it’s the law.
  • Most importantly, please travel at slow speeds.

Please review more information on safe winter driving.

 

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