Expect high volume of traffic this Memorial Day weekend

LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Memorial Day weekend is a busy time for travel. With gas prices relatively low this year, and the weather expected to be fairly nice, many people plan on leaving town this weekend.

If you’re traveling Memorial Day Weekend, you’re certainly not alone. You’ll join an estimated 37.2 million Americans as they travel 50 miles or more from home. AAA expects this year to have a higher volume of traffic than any other holiday in the past decade. One way to avoid that: leave early, like the Merrell’s who were driving to Cape Cod from Upstate New York on Wednesday.

“We’ll probably start swinging back on Saturday actually, so I’m sure there will be people traveling in that direction as well, we’ll have to fight it a little bit, but you know, we’re kind of prepared for that,” said Rolly Merrell,
According to the Mass Department of Transportation, the most traffic will be between 1 and 7 PM on Thursday, Friday and Monday.

If you do plan on traveling on the MassPike Eastbound, the Mass DOT predicts it will be the busiest Friday night, especially at Exits 9 in Sturbridge and 11A. The MassDOT said all construction work on major roads will stop at Noon on Friday and won’t resume until next Tuesday morning, the day after Memorial Day.

Traffic won’t just be on the roads, but also the water. Jono Billings runs a ferry near Cape Cod, a popular destination this weekend. “We have an inundation of people coming out to open their houses. Cuttyhunk is a tiny island…The Cape is brutal. The bridges are horrendous, and that’s just the way it is,” said Billings.

No matter how you’re traveling this weekend, the message is take your time and be patient.

You can monitor the traffic online before heading out here.

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