BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) advises Thanksgiving holiday travelers to plan ahead, utilize MassDOT’s many travel “real time” tools and use public transportation if possible to go to destinations.
“Thanksgiving travel has increased each year for the past several years, and I would encourage the public to plan ahead,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “This is an especially great time for our customers to use mobile apps, website information, or call 511 to access real-time information about highway congestion or to find out if transit and airlines are on schedule.”
MassDOT is taking several steps to ensure safe and reliable travel for all citizens who utilize transportation systems across the Commonwealth and will be shutting down scheduled roadway construction for the Thanksgiving travel period effective at 5 a.m., on Wednesday, November 23, per MassDOT’s long-standing policy.
Travel conditions will also be evaluated on Tuesday, November 22, and MassDOT will make adjustments to any ongoing construction activities as necessary.
“We know from past experience that motorists can expect heavy traffic volume on our highways,” said MassDOT Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin. “We encourage everyone to use our many travel resources, adapt their travel plans based on traffic conditions, and use caution and travel safely no matter how they are getting to their Thanksgiving destination.”
With Sunday, November 20, being the annual Day of Remembrance for deadly crash victims, MassDOT strongly urges all drivers to minimize distractions by turning off or putting away cellphones, traveling the posted speed limit, staying sober and having a designated driver, and devoting their full attention to what is ahead on the road.
MassDOT will be lighting the Leonard Zakim Bridge yellow on Sunday, November 20, (in keeping with the theme for Day of Remembrance), and encourages travelers to make an extra effort to be courteous on the roads and report to law enforcement any reckless driving.
Free coffee will be served at 18 MassDOT Service Plazas, including Framingham, on Thursday, November 24, from 10 p.m., to 5 a.m., on Friday, November 25.
Commuter Rail lines will operate on a regular weekday schedule on Wednesday, November 23. On Thanksgiving, November 24, commuter rail lines will operate on a Sunday schedule. On Friday, November 25, commuter rail will operate on regular weekday schedules.