Holiday Travel Advisory: 1.3 Million Travelers in Mass.

 by Tom MarinoNovember 21, 2022
Last Updated November 21, 2022 3:02 PM

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) issued an advisory related to Thanksgiving holiday travel.

Those travelling this week are encouraged to plan ahead, use available technology tools and resources to make informed decisions, and be aware of an expected increased in traffic on the roadways.

According to AAA predictions, 1.3 million Massachusetts residents will be among 54.6 million across the U.S. to travel over 50 miles this Thanksgiving. Most travellers will travel by car.

AAA predicts an increase of 1.5% in travellers over 2021. This year is projected to be the third busiest Thanksgiving for travel since 2000.

To help facilitate travel, all construction work on major roadways outside of established work zones between 5 PM on Tuesday, Nov. 22 and 9 PM on Monday, Nov. 28.

For those travelling to the Boston area, the HOV lane located on i-93 between Boston and Quincy will be open to 2 PM to 7 PM on Monday and 1 PM to 7 PM on Wednesday. The HOV lane is closed on Thursday and Friday, as is the swing lane in the Sumner Tunnel on the way to Logan Airport.

MassDOT reminds travelers of the following information resources the assist in making informed decisions.

  • Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.
  • Visit www.mass511.com to view travel times, road construction, traffic alerts or crashes along a route. Incidents, road closures, lane closures, real-time live traffic cameras, and weather alerts/forecasts, can all be viewed on the interactive live Traffic Map.
  • Dial 511 from a landline or cell phone to hear information on current conditions on major roadways.
    Register for a Mass511 account to create and personalize routes and alerts to be notified of events on those routes ahead of time.
  • Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to find out about impacts on traffic flow on major state highways.
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