Massachusetts: MassDOT Suspends All Construction Work on Major Roads for Memorial Day WEeekend

Massachusetts Construction | I-95 Exit GuideMassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead and travel safely during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The heaviest traffic is expected Thursday, Friday, and Monday afternoons and early evenings. Drivers are encouraged to 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. Travelers to the Cape this year have access to real time roadside traffic information through the newly launched GO Time system. To plan ahead, traffic information is available for download using the free RideWise Smartphone App that provides live traffic conditions.

The U.S Army Corps of Engineers reports that all travel lanes on the Sagamore Bridge are now open until after Labor Day.

MassDOT will suspend all construction work on major arterial roadways from 12:00PM Noon on Friday, May 23 through the start of normal business on Tuesday, May 27.

Save time and fuel by joining E-ZPass 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.


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Interstate Highway System Turns 59!

Interstate Highway System Turns 59!

2015 marks the 59th anniversary of the Interstate Highway System. On June 29, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956. With that stroke of the pen began the single greatest public works program in the nation’s history, the Interstate Highway System. Here’s a little information we’ve compiled that we thought you might find interesting…

Some Interesting Facts…

  • The Federal Interstate System is a 45,500 mile network of highways yet it represents only 1% of the nation’s public road mileage.
  • Although the Interstates represent only 1% of the nations public road mileage they carry 25% of the nation’s highway traffic.
  • The average motorist travels approximately 3,000 miles each year on the Interstate system.
  • The first Interstate construction contract was awarded by the Missouri State Highway Department on August 2, 1956.
  • Originally the entire Interstate network was planned to be completed in 13 years.

The Interstate Numbering System

Just a little knowledge on the Interstate numbering system can be a great aid in navigating throughout the country. The numbering system can offer valuable clues to your location and direction. Keep in mind the following rules when traveling:

One or two digit even-numbered Interstates are always east-west routes. The numbers increase from the south (I-4) to the north (I-96).

One or two digit odd-numbered Interstates are always north-south routes. The numbers increase from the West Coast (I-5) to the East Coast (I-95).

Three digit Interstates with the first digit an even number are usually circular loops or “beltways” around cities (eg. I-295 around Richmond/Petersburg Virginia or I-695 around Baltimore)

Three digit Interstates with the first digit an odd number are usually “spurs” that leave or go into a city center. (eg. I-395 in Washington D.C. or I-195 in Providence RI)

Mile Markers Are The Keys To Your Trip Planning.

Those small green and white signs along the Interstate aren’t just for decoration. They offer valuable information in locating exactly where you are along the route.

Mile marker numbers begin counting at the state’s southern border (for north-south routes) and at the state’s western border (for east-west routes). For example, if you are driving from Florida to Maine on I-95, when you enter Georgia the mile markers begin counting as you travel north until you enter South Carolina where the count begins again. Knowing exactly where you are with reference to a mile marker can be a big help when planning your next stop or asking for roadside assistance in an emergency.

The Interchange Numbering System

Some states number their Interchanges with reference to a mile marker, so that the number on the mile marker is the same as the number of the Interstate exit or interchange. Other states use a consecutive numbering system without any link to mile markers. There is no rule to determine which system is used , so be aware of each state’s system when you enter. In both instances exit numbering begins from the south (on north-south routes) or the west (on east-west routes).

Knowing how the Interstate Highway system works can be a valuable tool in your travels. We hope your next Interstate highway journey is a little more enjoyable because of the information we’ve presented here.


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AAA: 37.2 Million Americans to Kick Off Summer with a Memorial Day Getaway

AAA: 37.2 Million Americans to Kick Off Summer with a Memorial Day Getaway

AAA Travel projects 37.2 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a 4.7 percent increase from the 35.5 million people who traveled last year and the highest travel volume for the holiday in 10 years. Kicking off the summer driving season, 33 million travelers will be driving to their destinations. The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 21 to Monday, May 25.

Highlights from 2015 Memorial Day Travel Forecast:

  • The 2015 Memorial Day forecast is expected to mark the highest travel volume for the holiday in 10 years, since 2005.
  • Most drivers will likely pay the lowest Memorial Day gas prices in at least five years. Today’s national average price of gas is$2.66, $1.00 less than the average price on Memorial Day last year.
  • The 4.7 percent increase over Memorial Day 2014 is the highest forecast growth rate for any of the holidays tracked by AAA sinceIndependence Day 2012.
  • More than 88 percent of travelers (33 million) will travel by automobile, an increase of 5.3 percent over last Memorial Day.
  • Holiday air travel is expected to increase 2.5 percent to 2.6 million leisure travelers.
  • Travel by other modes of transportation including cruises, trains and buses, is expected to decrease 3.6 percent this Memorial Day, to 1.64 million.
  • Travelers will encounter higher lodging costs this year, while airfares are down slightly compared to Memorial Day 2014.

“Following a harsh winter, many Americans are trading in their snow boots for flip flops and making plans to start the season with a vacation getaway,” said Marshall L. Doney, AAA President. “AAA is expecting more Memorial Day travelers this year than any time in the past 10 years as confident consumers come out of hibernation ready to explore national parks, beach destinations and America’s great cities.”

A number of economic factors are contributing to the large increase in holiday travelers this year. “A strong employment market and low gas prices have driven consumer optimism to new highs and boosted Americans’ disposable income. This is welcome news for the travel industry,” continued Doney.

Impact of gasoline prices

Travelers continue to benefit from substantially lower gas prices compared to recent years. Today’s national average price is $2.66,$1.00 less than the average price for Memorial Day 2014. AAA predicts most U.S. travelers will pay the cheapest Memorial Day gas prices in at least five years.

Tips for drivers

More than 88 percent (33 million) of holiday travelers will drive to their destination, a 5.3 percent increase from 2014. AAA expects to rescue nearly 350,000 motorists at the roadside this Memorial Day weekend, with the primary reasons being dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts. AAA recommends motorists inspect their vehicle and check battery and tire condition before heading out on a holiday getaway.

Hotel and car rental rates increase, airfares fall slightly

According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index, the average nightly stay in a Two Diamond hotel is 16 percent higher this year at $144, while Three Diamond hotels will cost seven percent more, averaging $182. Average airfares for the top 40 domestic flight routes are two percent cheaper this year, falling to $222.

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 55 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com. For more information about AAA Travel, visit AAA.com/Travel.

Nearly 100 Million Americans Traveling This Holiday Season

I-95 Exit Guide - www.i95exitguide.comThe American Automobile Association (AAA) projects that 98.6 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holiday season, an increase of four percent from the 94.8 million people who traveled last year. This number is the highest growth rate for the year-end holiday season since 2009 and the highest travel volume for the holiday period on record. The year-end holiday period is defined as Tuesday, December 23 to Sunday, January 4.

“’Tis the season for holiday travel, and this year more Americans will join with friends and family to celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year than ever before,” said Marshall L. Doney, AAA President and Chief Operating Officer. “While the economy continues to improve at an uneven pace, it seems more Americans are looking forward with increasing consumer confidence, rather than looking back at the recession. This is helping to drive expected travel volumes to the highest level we have seen for the year-end holidays.”

“Lower gas prices are filling stockings with a little more cash to spend on travel this year as travelers are expected to pay the lowest prices since 2009,” continued Doney. “Lower prices are increasing disposable income and enabling families to set aside money for travel this year.”

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Gas Prices Will Likely Fall Below $2.50 by Christmas

Gas Prices | I-95 Exit GuideHoliday travelers will get an early Christmas gift this year as the average price for gasoline will most likely be at its lowest level in more than five years.

The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is now $2.55 per gallon. The average price at the pump is 12 cents less than one week ago and 36 cents less than a month ago. The national average is down 69 cents from this same date last year and has now dropped on 81 consecutive days for a total of 80 cents during this stretch.

Motorists are paying $1.15 less than the peak 2014 price, which was $3.70 on April 8. AAA estimates drivers are saving more than $400 million dollars each day compared to the high prices paid earlier this year.

More Than 46 Million Americans Traveling This Thanksgiving, Most Since 2007

Holiday Traffic | I-5 Exit GuideThe American Automobile Association (AAA) estimates that 46.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday weekend. That number represents the highest volume since 2007 and is a 4.2 percent increase over last year.

Nearly 90 percent of thanksgiving travelers will be taking to the road. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, November 26 through Sunday, November 30.

The price of gasoline is something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday season. Gas prices have fallen to well below $3.00 a gallon and AAA predicts most U.S. travelers likely will pay the cheapest Thanksgiving gas prices in five years.


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