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MassDOT Crews Continuing to Treat and Clear Roads

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation 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.

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.


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Massachusetts DOT Advises to Avoid Travel on Thursday

The Massachusetts DOT advises the public to avoid or minimize travel on Thursday as weather forecasters are expecting a winter weather event that could bring blizzard conditions and several inches of snow to parts of Massachusetts, with approximately one foot of accumulation possible in eastern areas of the state.

Snow is expected to develop during the early Thursday morning hours, as early as 2 a.m., in some locations, and continue throughout the day into the evening commute. The snow will increase in intensity during the day, and combined with wind, may make travel difficult due to poor visibility and snow on roadways.

“We are closely monitoring the winter weather that is expected to begin during the overnight hours and impact travel throughout the morning and evening commutes on Thursday,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “Our snow and ice personnel will be treating and clearing our roadways and infrastructure as conditions warrant and we advise everyone to consider measures such as working from home, delaying travel plans, and if travel is mandatory, allowing extra time for commutes and dressing warmly.”

“Safety is our greatest priority and we encourage the public to avoid traveling on Thursday if at all possible and make smart choices if they are thinking of heading out onto the roadways,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “Those who must travel and get behind the wheel should exercise safe driving habits, reduce their speeds, and give plenty of space to snow and ice equipment in order to safely reach their destinations.”

MassDOT’s snow and ice operations will be deployed as conditions necessitate. Crews are currently conducting preparation activities in advance of Thursday’s winter weather and will be pretreating the roadways at locations throughout the Commonwealth with brine and Magnesium Chloride. MassDOT is also currently planning deployments of snowplows and spreaders and maintenance equipment.

In the worst storms this season, MassDOT’s Highway Division will be able to utilize up to 700 staff members to perform snow and ice removal operations on more than 15,000 lanes miles of roadway throughout the Commonwealth. This snow and ice season, MassDOT will have approximately 4,200 pieces of state and vendor equipment available using over 150 depots and storage locations. This includes over 1,300 plow and spreader combos, 2,100 plows, and 460 front-end loaders.

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.


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Massachusetts to Suspend Road Construction for Christmas Weekend

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is taking steps to ensure safe and reliable travel for all citizens who utilize transportation systems across the Commonwealth and will be shutting down scheduled roadway construction for the Christmas travel period effective at 12:00 p.m., Friday, December 22. Normal scheduled construction operations will resume at the start of business on Tuesday, December 26.

“With winter weather expected at times throughout the Christmas holiday period, we advise everyone to check roadway and traffic conditions before traveling,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “Our snow and ice crews will respond as necessary and travelers should reduce their speed during inclement weather, remember our message, ‘Don’t Crowd the Plow,’ and make smart travel decisions so we all can have a safe and happy holiday.”

Free coffee will be served at the 18 MassDOT service plazas from 10 p.m., Monday, December 25, through 5 a.m., Tuesday, December 26. 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.

Drivers are reminded to avoid littering on roadways. 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 holiday.


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New I-95 Bridge Set to Open in Massachusetts

On Friday, December 8, at 5:00 a.m., the Massachusetts Department of Transportation will reach a major construction milestone when I-95 southbound traffic shifts to the new southbound Whittier Bridge span.

The contractor will realign southbound traffic on I-95 south between Route 110 in Amesbury and the Pine Hill Road/Ferry Road Bridge in Newburyport.

Northbound traffic will then be shifted to the west side of the northbound Whittier Bridge span in late December 2017 to create a safe work zone to construct the Shared-Use Path from Pine Hill Road to Route 110. A future email advisory will be distributed to notify the traveling public when that shift is scheduled to occur.

During these transitions three travel lanes will continue to be maintained in both directions. The Whittier Bridge/I-95 reconstruction project is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2018 with a total construction cost of $317 Million.

MassDOT encourages drivers traveling through the area to reduce speed and use caution, and expect delays.

This following photograph shows northbound direction of travel on the left of the bridge and southbound direction of travel on the right with MassDOT crews preparing logistics for Friday’s traffic shift.


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I-95 the 5th Most Dangerous Interstate in the Country

The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that traffic fatalities have increased 10.4 percent during the first six months of 2016 compared to the same time period in 2015.  These increases are most likely the result of more drivers on the road and a greater percentage of these motorists are driving distracted. A recent study found that 61 percent of drivers use their cell phones on some drives, most drives or every drive.

On average, Americans spend 293 hours driving approximately 10,900 miles each year. A detailed study by EverQuote examined the most dangerous interstates in America, based on fatalities per mile. This analysis used raw data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Fatality Analysis Report System from 2010 through 2015 and found fatality rates based on highway lengths.
That data was then compared to the data from EverQuote’s safe-driving app, EverDrive, representing over 6 million trips and 80 million miles of driving.

That study ranked Interstate 95 the 5th most deadly highway in America.

Interstate 95 runs 1926 miles from Miami, Florida to Houlton, Maine. The highway is the 5th most dangerous interstate in the United States with 0.89 fatalities per mile. It has been in the top 10 for fatalities each year for the past six years.


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