I hope that everyone has a peaceful and safe memorial day, and that all will find time to take a moment to pause and reflect upon the sacrifice of those who have died in the service of their country.
If you will be traveling to spend time with friends and family, please take a moment to read this important information from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation about Memorial Day weekend travel:
MEMORIAL DAY TRAVEL
MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead as the Memorial Day holiday weekend approaches. Historically, the heaviest traffic occurs Thursday, Friday, and Monday afternoons and early evenings. Drivers should make travel plans accordingly and if possible avoid peak traffic volumes between 1pm and 7pm on those days.
Traffic is especially heavy at the I-84 interchange at Exit 9 in Sturbridge on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend and at Exit 11A, I-495, which handles cars headed south to Cape Cod and north to New Hampshire and Maine.
MassDOT will suspend all construction work on major arterial roadways from 12:00PM Noon on Friday, May 27 through the start of normal business on Tuesday, May 31.
We encourage commuters to use the MassDOT traffic resources that we have made available for safe and efficient commuting:
- Before you travel, check the interactive live Traffic Cameras web page to view current traffic.
- Sign up at the 511 Traveler Information Service to receive personalized travel information alerts via email, text or telephone. MassDOT as always reminds drivers to avoid using cell phones while driving. Call into the 511 service before departing.
- A reminder that the Massachusetts Safe Driving Law took effect in September 2010, banning texting while driving and cell phone use while driving by 16 and 17 year old drivers. Drivers are reminded to travel safely and avoid distracted driving such as using cell phones. Check out the USDOT Distracted Driving page for tips and news.
- To save time, money and gas, motorists who have not yet done so are encouraged to join FAST LANE to avoid waiting in line at cash toll booths.
FREE COFFEE will be served at the 18 MassDOT service plazas from 10 pm Monday night through 5 am Tuesday morning.
In addition, the annual Farmer’s Market program is back in full swing. For the Memorial Day weekend, Farmer’s Markets will be open during daytime hours at the following days and locations:
Plymouth Route 3- Friday, 3pm-6pm
I-90 Framingham- Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Monday, 9am-6pm
I-90 Charlton West- Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Monday 9am-6pm
I-90 Charlton East- Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 9am-4pm