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Go Time Traffic Data Sign, April 11, 2014MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead and travel safely during the upcoming Mother’s Day weekend. The heaviest traffic is expected Friday, May 8, and Sunday afternoon through early evening, particularly on toll roads and approaches to Cape Cod. Drivers are encouraged to make travel plans accordingly and if possible avoid peak traffic volumes between 1pm and 7pm on those days.

The Friday before Mother’s Day ranks as among the busiest traffic days on I-90. In 2013, Mother’s Day ranked second only to the Friday before Columbus Day with nearly 700,000 toll transactions logged, including the Massachusetts Turnpike, the Tobin Bridge and the Harbor Tunnels.

Cash collection booths across the Commonwealth will be adequately staffed throughout the weekend. To save time, money and gas, motorists who have not yet done so are encouraged to join E-ZPass to avoid waiting in line at cash toll booths. Travelers are reminded that the Tobin Bridge has converted to All-Electronic Tolling system using E-ZPass or Pay-by-Plate.

“We encourage Mother’s Day weekend travelers to check our traffic resources before they leave, allow extra time, drive safely, and enjoy their family time,” said MassDOT Acting Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin.

I-90 traffic is expected to be especially heavy at the I-84 interchange at Exit 9 in Sturbridge and at Exit 11A, I-495, which handles cars headed south to Cape Cod and north to New Hampshire and Maine. Traffic congestion is also expected heading on and off Cape Cod throughout the weekend. The Cape is a popular Mother’s Day weekend destination and travelers have access to real time roadside traffic information through the GO Time system. To plan ahead, the traffic information is available for download using the free RideWise Smartphone App that provides live traffic conditions to and from popular Cape destinations.

The Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for the ongoing work at the Sagamore Bridge. Check the Corps Bridge Alerts web page for the latest information and to sign up for Bridge Alerts: http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/CapeCodCanal/BridgeAlerts.aspx

MassDOT’s Traffic and Travel Resources page includes links to all MassDOT travel resources. Before you travel, check the interactive live Traffic Cameras web page to view current traffic. Sign up at the 511 Traveler Information Service to receive personalized travel information alerts via email, text or telephone. MassDOT as always reminds drivers to avoid using cell phones while driving. Call into the 511 service before departing.

A reminder that the Massachusetts Safe Driving Law bans texting while driving and cell phone use while driving by 16 and 17 year old drivers. Drivers are reminded to travel safely and avoid distracted driving such as using cell phones.

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