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Most Visited Memorial Day Travel Destinations for 2018

You may be a little surprised to find what this year’s most-visited Memorial Day destinations are.

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and Americans will kick off the season by traveling in near-record numbers. According to AAA, more than 41.5 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend.

So let’s begin. Here’s this year’s list of the most-visited Memorial Day destinations in the U.S., based on AAA advance travel bookings…

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Lane, Ramp Closures, Detours for I-95 Construction in Jacksonville

The Florida Department of Transportation reports the following lane/ramp closures and detours as a result of I-95 construction and maintenance operations in Jacksonville, through Friday, February 2, 2018:

  • Daytime lane closures on I-95 at I-295 East Beltway north interchange through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for overpass work.
  • Complete nighttime access closure on I-95 northbound access to Acosta and Main Street bridges from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. for bridge construction. Detour is Fuller Warren Bridge, Park Street, Fuller Warren Bridge, San Marco Boulevard exit to Mary Street.
  • Complete nighttime access closure on I-95 southbound access to Acosta and Main Street bridges from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. for bridge construction. Detour for southbound Acosta Bridge traffic is Prudential Drive, Kings Avenue, Philips Highway, Emerson Street to I-95 southbound. Detour for southbound Main Street Bridge traffic is Museum Circle, Prudential Drive, Kings Avenue, Philips Highway, Emerson Street to I-95 southbound. Detour for westbound Museum Circle traffic is San Marco Boulevard, Prudential Drive, Kings Avenue, Philips Highway, Emerson Street to I-95 southbound. Detour for eastbound and westbound Prudential Drive is Kings Avenue, Philips Highway, Emerson Street to I-95 southbound. Detour for northbound Acosta Bridge is northbound Fuller Warren Bridge, Park Street, southbound Fuller Warren Bridge, San Marco Boulevard to Mary Street. Detour for northbound Main Street Bridge is northbound Fuller Warren Bridge, Park Street, southbound Fuller Warren Bridge, San Marco Boulevard to Prudential Drive.
  • Continuous southbound off-ramp lane closures on I-95 southbound access road to Atlantic Boulevard and Philips Highway for overpass construction.
  • Nighttime lane closures on I-95 at Butler Boulevard weeknights from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. for road work.
  • Continuous lane closures on I-95 from Emerson Street to Acosta and Main Street bridges on-ramps for roadway construction.
  • Nighttime lane closures on I-95 Overland Bridge project from Fuller Warren Bridge to Emerson Street from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. from Atlantic Boulevard to the overpass at San Diego Road for roadway and bridge construction.
  • Nighttime lane closures on I-95 access road from Overland Bridge project to Atlantic Boulevard from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. for bridge construction.
  • Nighttime northbound lane closures on I-95 from Park Street to Emerson Street from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. for roadway and overpass construction.
  • Nighttime lane closures on I-95 from Park Street to San Marco Boulevard weeknights from 8:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. for traffic shift and to paint roadway markings.
  • Continuous southbound off-ramp lane closures on I-95 at San Marco Boulevard for overpass construction.

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Rhode Island Issues I-95 Travel Restrictions Thru February 3

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation reports the following I-95 construction and maintenance activities that will impact your travel through Saturday, February 3, 2018:

Overnight Restrictions

  • West Greenwich: I-95 North, from Exit 5A (Rte. 102 South) to Exit 5B (Rte. 102 North), right lane and shoulder closures for bridge work, Sunday-Thursday nights from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the following day.

Weekday Restrictions

  • Exeter: I-95 South and North, from Exit 5 (Rte. 102) to Exit 3 (Rte. 138), right lane closed for survey work, Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Hopkinton: I-95 South, from Exit 3 (Rte. 138) to the Wood River Valley Bridge over Mechanic St., right lane closed for survey work, Monday-Friday from 7:– a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.


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Palm Beach County Welcomes Baseball Fans With Spring Training And Culture

Florida’s Palm Beach County, the Spring Training home of four major league baseball teams including the World Series champions Houston Astros, invites visitors to ‘come for the baseball and stay for the arts’ by rolling out the red carpet for fans and their families with outdoor festivals, art, performances, nature adventures and, of course, the region’s famous giant sea turtles.

The Ballpark of The Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach is Spring Training home to the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals. Further north in Jupiter, Roger Dean Stadium is home to the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins. Both venues are located near Palm Beach County parks, nature trails, arts venues and cultural institutions that are planning special family-friendly activities this spring.

Here are some of the experiences awaiting Astros and Nationals fans near the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach:

Be an astronaut for the day at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach. During this exhibit, which runs through April 22, find out what it takes to be a space explorer as you get hands-on experiences in 26 exhibits that reveal the physical and psychological effects of living in space.

Stop by the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society in West Palm Beach and get up close and personal with some of your favorite animals – from sloths and koalas to pink flamingoes. You can also help ring in the Chinese New Year at the annual celebration of Dragonfest. Held on February 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the festival will include a DJ, crafts, face painting, Dragon and Lion Dances by John Wai Kung Fu Academy, and a martial arts demonstration.

Experience Festival of the Arts BOCA — The Festival’s 12th year kicks off February 24 and will run through March 4 at Mizner Park in Downtown Boca Raton. Among this year’s performers are Kathleen Battle, Itzhak Perlman and Bill Murray.

At the world-famous Lake Worth Street Painting Festival on February 24-25, artists transform the streets of Downtown Lake Worth into works of art. There will be more than 600 artists on the pavement, music on the mainstage, restaurants, shops, and much more for art lovers of all ages to enjoy.

Learn about the giant sea turtles that emerge from the ocean every year to nest on Palm Beach County beaches, at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton. On February 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the Sea Turtle Day Festival will be a family day of environmental education, live animal presentations, face painting, aquarium feedings, children’s theater, guided boardwalk tours, kids’ crafts and more.

Visitors should not miss the large-scale CANVASTM Outdoor Museum murals by street artists from around the world, in the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District and nearby Downtown Lake Worth.

Farther north, here are some of the experiences and art activities near Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter:

From March 6-25, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre in Jupiter presents Rogers and Hammerstein’s Tony Award winning musical, South Pacific.

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park in North Palm Beach hosts daily nature walks, kayak rentals, and live bluegrass music on the second and third Sunday of each month. On March 3 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., the community outdoor festival Naturescaping features native plant vendors, food trucks, a kayaking obstacle course, paddle boarding, live music and more.

The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum is on the National Register of Historic Places, one of only three Designated Outstanding National Areas in the U.S. and the only unit of the National Conservation Lands east of the Mississippi River. The site will host Sea Fest for Kids on February 24, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. — a family day on the waterfront with sea-inspired education and adventures for kids to celebrate Jupiter’s coastal heritage and history. The fun-filled fest will include live music, story-telling, crafts, demonstrations, Lighthouse tours, kid-friendly food trucks and more.

Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta will host its annual Plein Air Festival March 3-11. Observe artists painting at locations in Palm Beach and Martin Counties. After viewing, festival attendees will have the opportunity to purchase the paintings at the ArtCenter Gallery. There will be artists’ demonstrations and workshops, as well as a special ticketed VIP Collectors’ Reception.

Artfest by the Sea in Juno Beach takes place March 10-11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This annual springtime gathering for Juno Beach locals and art lovers features more than 300 exhibitors displaying a variety of works from sculpture to jewelry and photography.

Loggerhead Marinelife Center is a major sea turtle rehabilitation and educational facility in Juno Beach. The oceanside facility will host its 15th Annual TurtleFest on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event features up-close interactions with threatened and endangered sea turtles, as well as music, art, shopping, educational presentations and games.

For more information on these and other outstanding cultural events in The Palm Beaches, visit palmbeachculture.com/events for a complete calendar of cultural experiences.


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I-95 to be Redesignated as I-295 in New Jersey Starting in 2018

New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials announced the section of what is now I-95 in New Jersey from the Scudder Falls Bridge over the Delaware River to the Route 1 Interchange in Mercer County will be redesignated as I-295 in early 2018.

This change is part of a larger project in which a new interchange is being constructed to connect I-95 to I-276/Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bristol Township, Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Turnpike connects to the New Jersey Turnpike at Interchange 6 via the New Jersey Turnpike Pearl Harbor Memorial Turnpike Extension in Florence, New Jersey. When the new I-95/Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange is completed in Bristol, these highways will be redesignated as I-95, which will create a continuous I-95 from Pennsylvania through New Jersey.

Currently, I-95 runs from Philadelphia north across the Delaware River at the Scudders Fall Bridge into New Jersey and ends at the Route 1 Interchange, where the roadway becomes I-295. This creates a gap in I-95, which picks up again as part of the New Jersey Turnpike at Interchange 7A in Robbinsville, New Jersey.

The section of what is now I-95 in New Jersey will become I-295 by extending the existing I-295 from the Route 1 Interchange to the Delaware River. Concurrently, the I-95 section in Pennsylvania, from the Delaware River south to the new interchange will be redesignated as I-295.

Seven Interchanges to Get New Exit Numbers

As a result of this change, there are seven interchanges in New Jersey and four interchanges in Pennsylvania that will be renumbered. Additionally, four exits on I-195 in Hamilton will be renumbered to match the I-195 milepost numbering. See the attached Project Overview for the old and new exit numbers, which also is available on NJDOT’s project website.

Beginning in January, highway signs, as well as mile markers, will be replaced on the mainline and approaches of I-95 and I-295 in New Jersey to reflect the redesignation of the interstate and exit numbers. The new exit numbers will correspond to new milepost markers as a continuation of the existing I-295. The former exit numbers will be displayed along with the new exit numbers.

The redesignation program to replace signs will consist of three phases. Phase 1 consists of replacing signs in New Jersey and is scheduled between January 2018 and March 2018 starting with existing I-95 Interchange 8/Princeton Pike and moving west toward the Delaware River. NJDOT will provide more information on the new highway designation and exit numbers as the project progresses, including the use of Portable Variable Message Signs during sign installation to inform motorists of the redesignation and exit renumbering process.

Phase 2, which will start in the spring 2018, will replace signs on both sides of the Delaware River within the Scudders Fall Bridge project limits (former I-95 Exit 1 in New Jersey and Exits 51 and 49 in Pennsylvania). Phase 3 will begin in late spring 2018 and replace signs at the remaining interchanges in Pennsylvania through the new interchange in Bristol.

NJDOT is working with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, Pennsylvania Turnpike Authority, PENNDOT, and the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission on this project.

For detailed information about this project, CLICK HERE.


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New Jersey’s I-95/I-295 Signing Designation Project

I-95 between Philadelphia and New York City currently has a gap where it ends at Route 1 in Lawrence, New Jersey, and picks up again as part of the New Jersey Turnpike at Interchange 7A in Robbinsville, New Jersey. A new interchange is being constructed to connect I-95 to I-276/Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bristol Township, Pennsylvania, which connects to the New Jersey Turnpike at Interchange 6 via the New Jersey Turnpike Pearl Harbor Memorial Turnpike Extension in Florence, New Jersey. When this new interchange is completed in Bristol the summer of 2018, these highways will be redesignated as I-95, which will create a continuous I-95 through New Jersey.

Currently, I-95 runs from Philadelphia north across the Delaware River at the Scudders Fall Bridge into New Jersey and ends at the Route 1 Interchange, where the roadway becomes I-295. The section of what is now I-95 in New Jersey will become I-295 by extending the existing I-295 from the Route 1 Interchange to the Delaware River. Concurrently, the I-95 section in Pennsylvania, from the Delaware River south to the new interchange in Bristol will be redesignated as I-295.

Current I-95 and I-295 Designation | I-95 Exit Guide
Current I-95 and I-295 Designation | Click to Enlarge

As a result of this change, there are seven interchanges in New Jersey and four interchanges in Pennsylvania that will be renumbered. Additionally, on I-195, existing Exits 60A, 60B, 1A and 1B will be renumbered to match the I-195 milepost numbering. See the chart below for the old and new exit numbers.

Future I-95 and I-295 Designation | I-95 Exit Guide
Future I-95 and I-295 Designation | Click to Enlarge

Highway signs, including exit signs and mile markers, will be replaced on the mainline and approaches of I-95 and I-295 to reflect the redesignation of the interstate and exit numbers. The new exit numbers will correspond to new milepost markers as a continuation of the existing I-295. The previous exit numbers will be temporarily displayed along with the new exit numbers. The redesignation program to replace signs will consist of three phases and requires coordination among transportation agencies to ensure effective traffic flow on major interstate highways.

Anticipated Construction Timeline Key Work
Phase 1
January – March 2018
Replacing signs in New Jersey starting at existing I-95 interchange 8/Princeton Pike and moving west toward the Delaware River
Phase 2
March – April 2018
Replacing signs on both sides of the Delaware River within the Scudders Fall Bridge project limits (existing
I-95 Exit 1 in New Jersey and Exits 51 and 49 in Pennsylvania).
Phase 3
April – August 2018
Replacing signs at the remaining interchanges through the new interchange in Bristol, PA.

Seven interchanges in New Jersey and four interchanges in Pennsylvania that will be renumbered. The posted direction of the roadway is also changing, with I-295 continuing northbound from the Route 1 interchange into Pennsylvania. Additionally, on I-195, existing Exits 60A, 60B, 1A and 1B will be renumbered to match the I-195 milepost numbering. See the map below for affected interchanges.

NJ/PA Exit Signage Redesignation Map " I-95 Exit Guide
Exit Signage Redesignation Details – Click to Enlarge

 


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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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