High levels of congestion expected on the roads Christmas week

AAA: 90% of travelers this holiday expected to drive.

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is warning drivers to plan ahead for a safe holiday travel. MassDOT says major highways throughout the state will be have high levels of congestion as people travel for the Christmas holiday.

AAA reports more than 98 million Americans are expected to travel more than 50 miles away from home this week.  With a drop in gas prices, they expect more than 90% of those travelers to be driving to their destination.

MassDOT also urges drivers to consider making their trip in these early morning hours, or after 8 P.M. to help spread out some of that congestion.  MassDOT says to be sure to keep your headlights on, follow the speed limits, and make sure everyone in the car has a seat belt on.

They also remind you there will be free coffee at all MassDOT service plazas between 10 P.M. and 5 A.M. on Christmas night, the Friday after Christmas, and during the same hours New Year’s Eve night and New Year’s Day night.

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