(WGGB) — With Columbus Day right around the corner, weekend travelers hit the roads Friday and that left more than a 50 mile back up going westbound on the Massachusetts Turnpike.
According to the Westfield State Police Department traffic was backed up about 55 miles from I-495 at Exit 11 A in Westborough, Hopkinton all the way to I-291 at Exit 6 in Chicopee.
State Police say it was due to the fact that there were so many travelers on the road for the start of the holiday weekend and that the road filled beyond capacity.
They also added that the heavy, bumper to bumper traffic started after 3 p.m. Friday and went until about 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Drivers can always call the MassDOT information line at 511 for traffic updates at any time.