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Worst Mass Pike traffic of 2014 could be Friday

The Massachusetts Turnpike could see its busiest traffic day of 2014 on Friday, according to state transportation officials.

Traffic on I-93 in Hooksett. (Credit: Nicolaus Czarnecki)  Traffic on I-93 in Hooksett. (Credit: Nicolaus Czarnecki)

Mass Pike traffic could be the worst of 2014 on Friday, according to state transportation officials.

The Friday before Columbus Day has been the busiest or second busiest day of the year on the Turnpike in recent years, MassDOT said Wednesday. In 2013, the Friday before Columbus Day was the busiest day as drivers logged 700,121 transactions. Traffic data from the GO Time real time traffic information system shows traffic congestion on I-90 westbound in Newton peaked between 4pm and 7:30pm on that day.

Construction on the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge in Boston could also cause traffic congestion, according to MassDOT. Lane restrictions will be in place on the eastbound and westbound sides east of the Allston-Brighton tolls.

State officials are urging drivers to give themselves plenty of additional time to get to their destinations.

Traffic congestion is also expected on highways heading toward popular fall and leaf peeping destinations including Cape Cod, New Hampshire and Maine.

Free coffee will be offered at the 18 service plazas on the Mass Pike and other major Massachusetts highways on Monday night from 10 p.m. through 5 a.m. Tuesday morning.

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