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FILE – In this April 10, 2019, file photo, rush-hour traffic heads east, left, and west, right, along the Schuylkill Expressway in Philadelphia. A spokesman for Pennsylvania’s governor said the state was committed to being a part of Transportation and Climate Initiative conversations. But a growing number of Northeast governors have concerns the TCI could increase gas prices, and raise doubts about how effective it would be in capping pollution. The initiative is aimed at a dozen Northeast and mid-Atlantic states and would take effect in 2022. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma, File)
FILE – In this April 10, 2019, file photo, rush-hour traffic heads east, left, and west, right, along the Schuylkill Expressway in Philadelphia. A spokesman for Pennsylvania’s governor said the state was committed to being a part of Transportation and Climate Initiative conversations. But a growing number of Northeast governors have concerns the TCI could increase gas prices, and raise doubts about how effective it would be in capping pollution. The initiative is aimed at a dozen Northeast and mid-Atlantic states and would take effect in 2022. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma, File)
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BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is advising the public to plan ahead for Labor Day Weekend travel, drive in off-peak hours if possible, use technology tools for trips including www.mass511.com, consider public transportation if possible to reach destinations and bring a face-covering as some municipalities have a mask mandate for indoor venues.

“We expect traffic levels to be high this Labor Day Weekend especially during the afternoon hours on Thursday and Friday,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “Anyone driving should plan ahead, anticipate that trips will take longer than expected, and if possible use public transportation to reach destinations.”

Due to the anticipated higher than normal daily traffic volumes for several days leading up to and including Monday, Labor Day, MassDOT is taking several steps to ease congestion:

  • Shutting down scheduled nonemergency construction effective at 5 a.m., Friday, Sept. 3. Scheduled road work will then resume at the start of normal business hours on Tuesday, Sept. 7
  • Deploying the High Occupancy Vehicle lane on I-93 between Boston and Quincy earlier than usual in the afternoon by opening at 2 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 2, and at 1 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 3. The HOV lane will be closed on Monday, Sept. 6. The HOV lane will have normal hours Thursday and Friday mornings, from 5 a.m. through 10 a.m. Normal deployment resumes on Tuesday, Sept. 7.
  • The additional “swing lane” on Route 1A southbound at the Sumner Tunnel will be closed on Monday, Sept. 6. Normal deployment resumes on Tuesday, Sept.7, from 5 to 10 a.m.
  •  At Boston Logan International Airport, Worcester Regional Airport, Hanscom Field and Flynn Cruiseport Boston, passenger and employee safety is Massport’s top priority. A federal mask mandate remains in place at all transportation facilities, which requires all passengers and staff to wear face covering while at the airport and cruise terminals, as well as while riding public and private transportation systems.

Due to ongoing construction at Logan Airport, passengers are urged to plan their trip to and from the airport ahead of time. Construction updates are available at FlyLogan.com.

Massport encourages passengers to take the Logan Express bus service from Braintree, Framingham or Woburn. Logan Express e-ticket information can be found at: LoganExpress.com  For other transportation options to and from Logan Airport, visit FlyLogan.com.

The public is reminded that Monday, Sept. 6, is a state holiday and among offices closed are those of the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Customer service centers which have been open during the pandemic will reopen by appointment only on Tuesday, Sept. 7.  Meanwhile, AAA members may visit any AAA Northeast location by appointment for some Registry transactions and more than 40 Registry transactions can be done online: www.mass.gov/RMV.

MassDOT’s Highway Assistance Program, sponsored by MAPFRE, will increase patrols on all major roadways to support roadside assistance needs. Requests for assistance can be initiated by calling 911.