MassDOT today sent out a warning to motorists and transit users that holiday traffic will likely impact travel throughout the state over the Fourth of July holiday and recommended travelers plan ahead.
“I encourage our highway users and transit customers to be alert and make safe decisions when celebrating with family and friends this holiday,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey.
Holiday traffic congestion is expected at times over the next several days, particularly on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons. To help ease congestion, construction restrictions will be in place across the state from Wednesday at noon through Friday morning.
In the downtown Boston area, work will be restricted from Wednesday at 5 a.m. until midday on Monday. The HOV lane on the Southeast Expressway will not be deployed on Friday.
Transit officials said the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) cash toll booths will be adequately staffed to handle the anticipated volume, but that motorists should consider joining the E-ZPass program ahead of the holiday.
MassDOT offered these tips:
The MBTA and Transit Police are preparing for the July 4 festivities with an increase in service and security for the thousands of people traveling to and from The Esplanade. In addition to increased service, bus, subway and commuter rail fares will not be collected from 9:30 p.m. to the end of service on Thursday.
Visit MBTA.com to learn more.