The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) advises holiday travelers to plan ahead, utilize MassDOT’s many “real time” travel tools and use public transportation if possible to reach their destinations between now and the end of the July 4 holiday weekend.
“This holiday is a great opportunity for the public to use technology tools including www.mass511.com or the GoTime mobile app in order to make informed decisions on routes to take to destinations and the timing of travel,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “If people check real-time travel time information before leaving home then they can make smart decisions about whether to drive or take transit and whether to leave earlier or later. We hope everyone has a relaxing holiday and encourage members of the public to also think about safety as they travel, limit distractions if driving, don’t drink and drive, take frequent breaks and check transit schedules.”
“We expect heavy traffic volumes on our highways during this upcoming holiday period,” said Acting Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “With many people driving to destinations we encourage people to leave extra time to reach their destinations, exercise safe driving behaviors, be patient on the roadways, and consider taking public transit if possible.”
MassDOT is taking steps to facilitate the flow of traffic during the holiday and will be postponing scheduled roadway construction effective at noon, Friday, June 30, with scheduled construction activities resuming with the start of normal business hours on Wednesday, July 5. In addition, the High Occupancy Lane (HOV) between Quincy and Boston on I-93 will be deployed on normal morning hours now through Thursday afternoon and then Thursday, June 29, will open early for the afternoon commute at 2 p.m. On Friday, June 30, the HOV lane will open at 1 p.m. The HOV lane will be closed on Monday, July 3, and on Tuesday, July 4, and will then re-open during regularly scheduled hours on Wednesday, July 5.
Free coffee will be served at the 18 MassDOT service plazas from 10 p.m., Tuesday, July 4, through 5 a.m., Wednesday, July 5. 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.
For traffic and road conditions, drivers may use the following options to make decisions:
The U.S Army Corps of Engineers reports that there will be no scheduled lane restrictions on the Sagamore Bridge during the July 4 holiday travel period.
The MBTA has also released the following information regarding travel on Tuesday, July 4:
Customers are also advised that the Registry of Motor Vehicles offices are closed for the designated state holiday on Tuesday, July 4. Please visit, at any hour of the day, the RMV online at www.massrmv.com to skip the line and perform many transactions. In addition, AAA members now have the opportunity to conduct many RMV services at numerous AAA branch office locations in Massachusetts during AAA normal business hours.
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.