MassDOT Encourages Thanksgiving Travelers to Plan Ahead

trafficHYANNIS – The State Department of Transportation is advising Thanksgiving holiday travelers to plan ahead and use public transportation if possible to get to their destination.

MassDOT is taking several steps to ensure safe and reliable travel for all citizens, including shutting down scheduled roadway construction for the Thanksgiving travel period starting at 5 a.m. on Wednesday.

“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 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.

Free coffee will be served at 18 MassDOT Service Plazas, including the Eastbound Route 6 Rest Area from Thursday at 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.

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