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For immediate release:

August 20, 2021

 

Storm Advisory: Truck Travel

Truck drivers urged to make travel decisions for the weekend as truck travel on some MA roads could be prohibited for some periods during the storm if conditions warrant

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is underscoring information provided this afternoon at a news conference hosted by Governor Charlie Baker urging the people of the Commonwealth to prepare for Hurricane Henri, which is expected to affect much of the Commonwealth beginning Saturday night into Monday, including the potential for strong winds, heavy rain, flooding and power outages.

In particular, truck drivers are cautioned about travel and advised to check the forecast before setting out for destinations between now and Tuesday.  In severe storms MassDOT will typically restrict special permit vehicles and tandem tractor trailers on major roadways if conditions warrant and travel is deemed dangerous.

For this weekend’s storm, MassDOT may restrict empty trucks and tandem tractor trailers on major roadways across the Commonwealth if sustained winds and gusts create dangerous conditions.  MassDOT does not anticipate any restrictions on passenger vehicles during this storm.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and MassDOT will be monitoring the forecast and road conditions near the Cape Cod Canal.  If necessary, MassDOT will restrict travel over the bridges to maintain public safety.

The Baker-Polito Administration is advising everyone to avoid unnecessary travel and for those planning to visit the Cape or Islands this weekend to delay trips. For those that have already traveled to the Cape or Islands for the weekend, they are advised to consider leaving on Saturday or extend their travel plans through early next week.

Tropical Storm Henri is projected to become a hurricane and significantly impact much of Central and Eastern Massachusetts, including Cape Cod and the Islands, and the South Coast. Hurricane force winds and substantial storm surges in coastal communities are expected. Additionally, the majority of Massachusetts is projected to receive a significant amount of rain, particularly from Greater Boston to Worcester County. All residents are advised to begin storm preparations today, and to pay close attention to local weather reports to monitor the track of the storm.

For more information on the storm, please visit:

https://www.mass.gov/news/governor-baker-urges-caution-ahead-of-hurricane-henri

Additional information can be found on these websites:

www.mbta.com

www.mass511.com

www.mass.gov/MEMA

 

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