Extra road congested expected for Columbus Day

Mass. State Police warn drivers to allow for extra travel time on Columbus Day.

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– This Columbus day weekend, New Englanders took some time out for their favorite fall time activities.

Doug Doran, along with his daughter and wife, spent the weekend visiting some of the Springfield regions most popular family attractions. “The hayride, we went to the forest park zoo, here in Springfield, Magic Wings the butterfly wing is where we’re going after we eat,” Durran said.

With all those things to do and see, extra road congestion is expected on this Columbus Day.

In 2013, the MassDOT recorded more than 700,000 toll transactions on the MassPike on the Friday before Columbus Day, making it the state’s busiest travel day of the year.

Massachusetts State Police warn, on holiday weekends like these drivers are dealing with travelers making their way home, as well as regular weekday evening commuters.

They’re urging drivers, especially those using major roadways along the Connecticut and New Hampshire state lines, to allow for extra travel time and to drive with caution.

The travel experts at the AAA Pioneer Valley told 22News drivers should also pay special attention to areas where road work is being done.

Sandra Marsian, Vice President of the AAA Pioneer Valley, told 22News, “When there’s construction in progress, even if they have the holiday off, their equipment, materials, and set up may still be on the road ways and that can often create a bit of a bottle neck and some traffic.”

And as winter creeps closer, Marsian says now’s the time to get a once over on your car’s belts and hoses, to top off your car’s fluids, and make sure your battery life is good since it dies quicker in colder temperatures.

Drivers on the MassPike can get a free coffee at any of the service plazas Monday night between 10:00 P.M and 5:00 A.M.

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