The Massachusetts Department of Transportation [MassDOT] issued a travel advisory for the weekend leading into the holiday on Monday, October 11.
MassDOT advises travellers to plan ahead to drive in off-peak hours and expect a high volume of traffic on the roadways. It also advised using appropriate technology tools to make informed decisions, consider public transportation to reach destinations, and bring a face-covering, as some municipalities have a mask mandate.
“We expect higher traffic volume than normal starting on Thursday so anyone traveling should allow extra time to reach destinations,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “Travelers should also note that the 2021 Boston Marathon will occur on Monday, October 11, and that means some road closures between Hopkinton and Boston and means the MBTA will make some schedule changes and close several stations in Boston. As always, the public should plan ahead and adjust travel times as appropriate for scheduled events, for the weather and to avoid the peak hours when others will be on the roads.”
Anyone traveling on the MBTA should check schedules. Due to the Boston Marathon occurring on Monday, October 11, the MBTA will close several stations, including Copley Square in Boston for a period on October 11.
Scheduled construction outside of fixed work zones were shut down at 5:00 AM on Friday, October 8. Scheduled road work will then resume at 5:00 AM on Tuesday, October 12.
For more information on traffic conditions, travelers are also encouraged to: