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Traffic I-90 Sturbridge, November 2018MassDOT is advising the public to plan ahead for Veterans Day Weekend if driving or in need of vehicle inspections or other Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) transactions.   Due to a scheduled technology upgrade, no motor vehicle inspections will be possible on November 9, 10, and 11, no RMV transactions can be conducted between 6 p.m., Friday, November 8, until 7 a.m., Tuesday, November 12, and Commonwealth of Massachusetts offices are closed on Monday, November 11.

“It will be a busy couple of days over Veterans Day Weekend and we encourage everyone to plan ahead,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver.  “Even if people are making short trips, they should consider traveling at off-peak times, using public transportation and checking travel times on various apps including MassDOT’s Go Time.”

With a high volume of vehicles expected on the roads, MassDOT has decided to open the I-93 southbound High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane between Boston and Quincy early in the afternoons on November 7 and November 8:  Thursday’s hours are 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday’s hours are 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The HOV lane on I-93 between Quincy and Boston will be open during normal morning hours on Thursday and Friday, from 5:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., and the HOV lane will resume normal hours of operation on Monday, November 11.

Meanwhile, the additional “swing lane” on Route 1A southbound at the Sumner Tunnel will be deployed during normal hours on Friday and Monday, between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m.

MassDOT’s Highway Assistance Program, sponsored by MAPFRE, will be increasing patrols on all major roadways to support roadside assistance needs. Requests for assistance can be initiated by calling 911.

The MBTA will operate on a weekday schedule on Monday, November 11. For more information, visit

For traffic and road conditions, drivers have many options to make decisions, including:

  • 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 phone to hear information on current conditions on major roadways.
  • Register for a Mass511 account to create and personalize routes and alerts.
  • Check MassDOT Highway Traffic and Travel Resources.
  • Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT.

Drivers are reminded to avoid littering.  Violators are subject to a fine of up to $5,500 for the first offense.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation wishes all members of the public a safe and enjoyable Veterans Day Weekend.

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