State to Halt Road Construction to Help Holiday Traffic Flow

July 2, 2018

Scheduled roadwork will be postponed Tuesday afternoon as the state Department of Transportation works to mitigate traffic for the Wednesday Fourth of July holiday.

Construction will stop at 12 p.m. Tuesday and will resume at the start of business on Thursday, MassDOT officials announced in a press release. The HOV lane on Interstate 93 will be closed between Quincy and Boston on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday as well.

MassDOT officials encouraged travelers to plan ahead and to check real-time traffic tools. They also advocated the use of public transportation when possible to avoid backup on crowded roadways.

“People should think about where they are going and how they will get there, plan their trips around holiday public transit schedules or around when the roads may have the highest volume of traffic and remember the advice for getting somewhere safely,” said Stephanie Pollack, the state’s transportation secretary, in a press release.

State Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver said because July 4 falls on a Wednesday this year, officials anticipate many travelers departed on Friday, June 29 and will return on Sunday, July 8.

MassDOT’s 18 service plazas will all serve free coffee between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 5 a.m. Thursday.

Real-time traffic information is available on MassDOT’s GoTime app, by dialing 511, at mass511.com and on third-party apps.

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