The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is advising the public to plan ahead for travel during the upcoming holiday season from December 20, 2018 through January 2, 2019 and to drive sober.
AAA is forecasting a record-breaking holiday travel season this year, with 2.45 million Massachusetts residents expected to be on the move. In a public statement, AAA said 2.1 million of these travelers are expected to travel by motor vehicle. The highest volume of traffic in the Boston area, according to AAA, is expected to be Wednesday, December 19, between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. With so many people on the roads, AAA said it expects to be responding to a high number of calls about dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts.
MassDOT is taking several 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 holiday travel period between 12 p.m., Friday, December 21, and the start of business on Wednesday, December 26, as well as between 5 a.m., Friday, December 28, and the start of business on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, per MassDOT’s long-standing policy of not scheduling work during high volume travel periods.
Free coffee will be served at more than a dozen service plazas along state highways from 10 p.m., Tuesday, December 25, through 5 a.m., Wednesday, December 26, and from 10 p.m., Monday, December 31, through 5 a.m., Tuesday, January 1, 2019. These locations include 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.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation wishes all members of the public a safe and enjoyable holiday season.
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