Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is encouraging the public
to plan ahead for Labor Day weekend travel and take advantage of the many tools
available to avoid traffic congestion, take a break and enjoy free coffee at
service plazas, and ride mass transit to reach destinations.
As usual for
holiday travel periods, MassDOT is suspending all scheduled construction work
on major arterial roadways from 12 p.m., Friday, September 2, through the start
of normal business hours on Tuesday, September 6.
southbound HOV Lane will open at 2 p.m., Thursday, September 1, and 1 p.m., on
Friday September 2. The I-93 southbound HOV Lane will be closed all day on
Monday, September 5.
motorists to avoid any distractions while driving and be constantly alert when
driving in and around work zones where traffic lanes may be closed, narrowed,
or shifted, and speed limits are reduced.
Drivers can save
time and fuel by joining E-ZPass
avoid waiting in line at cash toll booths. Travelers are reminded that the
Tobin Bridge has converted to the All-Electronic Tolling system and drivers
using the Tobin with no E-ZPass will be mailed a bill via the Pay-by-Plate
Free coffee will
be served at the 18 MassDOT service plazas from 10 p.m., Monday, September 5,
through 5 a.m., Tuesday morning, September 6. The plazas serving free
coffee include 11 service plazas along I-90 plus plazas along Route 3 in
Plymouth, Route 128 in Beverly, Route 128/I-95 in Newton and Lexington, Route 6
in Barnstable, and the Route 24 northbound and southbound plazas.
encouraged to plan ahead, allow extra time for travel, and take advantage of
the many communication tools now available to help trips go smoothly.
For traffic and
road conditions, drivers may use the following options to make decisions:
may dial 511 and select a route to hear real-time conditions,
mass511.com, a website which provides real-time traffic and
incident advisory information,
traffic cameras to
view images covering portions of Route 3, Route 6, Route 28, and parts
of I-90, I-91, I-93, and I-95.
Waze, the real-time traffic navigation app that provides
motorists with real-time traffic conditions across Massachusetts.
the Ridewise app. Customers may use Ridewise to obtain travel times for
various routes including Route 3, Route 6, I-93 and portions of
I-90. The app is available on Android and iPhone. Drivers are
advised not to use the app if they are operating a motor vehicle.
Highway Assistance Patrol (HAP) program, sponsored by MAPFRE Insurance, patrols
routes in Metro Boston, Worcester, Springfield & Cape Cod, (seasonal),
during peak coverage hours, Monday – Friday, 6 a.m., to 10 a.m., and 3 p.m., to
7 p.m., with extended hours on the Massachusetts Turnpike, (I-90), and extended
holiday routes in heavy traffic areas. In addition to the HAP vehicles, MassDOT
operates an Incident Response Vehicle (IRV) fleet of flatbed tow trucks, also
sponsored by MAPFRE Insurance. IRV’s assigned to Interstate 93, the Maurice
Tobin J. Memorial Bridge, Ted Williams Tunnel, Sumner Tunnel and Callahan Tunnel
patrol 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
weekend rail service to Cape Cod will make its final run of the season during
the Labor Day weekend and operate on a Saturday/Sunday
schedule on Monday, September 5.
The MBTA will operate on a Sunday
on Monday, September 5. As a result of the Sunday schedule on September 5, some
MBTA bus routes will not be operating, (as well as the Needham Line). The
public should check on schedules for September 5 by visiting: www.mbta.com/events.
Massachusetts Registry of
offices will be closed on Monday, September 5, in observance of the holiday.
reminded to avoid littering on roadways. Violators are subject to a fine of up
to $5,500 for the first offense.
Massachusetts Department of Transportation wishes all members of the public a
safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.