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MassDOT: Plan Ahead for Fourth of July Weekend Travel

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REGION (WGGB) — The state is asking motorists to plan ahead and drive safely this holiday weekend.

MassDOT explains that traffic is expected to be heavy Thursday near Exit 9 (I-84) in Sturbridge, as well as at Exit 11A (I-495) as people use that highway to head south to the Cape and north to Maine and New Hampshire.

For those heading to the Cape, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says that all lanes of the Sagamore Bridge are now open until after Labor Day. Also, the state’s new GO Time traffic system is operating, providing real-time roadside traffic information.

If you are planning to head to Boston for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on the Esplanade, you are encouraged to take public transportation. The MBTA will have enhanced subway service on all lines beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday, and extended late-night service on all subway lines and key bus routes.

To help plan your trip across the state, MassDOT is suggesting that motorists check out their live traffic cameras to determine current conditions before hitting the road.

Once on the road, those with cellular phones can call 511 or those with smartphones can download the Ride Wise app for real-time updates on I-93, Route 3 along the South Shore, Route 6/Mid-Cape Highway, and portions of the Mass. Pike.

Transportation updates are also available through MassDOT’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Free coffee will be available at the MassDOT service plazas – located along the Mass. Pike, Route 128, Route 3, Route 6, and Route 24 – from 10 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Saturday.

MassDOT adds that all offices of the Registry of Motor Vehicles will be closed Friday for the holiday.

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