SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– The Labor Day weekend typically means one last summer trip for many western Massachusetts residents.
In the early morning hours Friday, traffic began picking up before 7 o’clock, but was moving along I-91 north and south smoothly.
Travel experts anticipate traffic to be much more congested by Friday afternoon. One thing that drivers won’t be dealing with on I-91 is construction.
The MassDOT told 22News the reconstruction project along the elevated portion of highway will be suspended starting at Noon Friday, through the holiday weekend. That work is scheduled to resume at the start of the business day on Tuesday, September 8th.
The DOT also told 22News that is the same for all state-run roadwork projects ongoing in WMass.
For those traveling south, Connecticut’s Gov. Dannel Malloy announced all road work projects there will also be on hold in hopes to ease traffic congestion. Only emergency work will be done.
In Massachusetts, the DOT says work will be suspended to uphold the state’s contract which gives the road construction workers the 3-day weekend off.
Drivers should, however, be ready to still deal with the exisiting road conditions where construction projects have been ongoing, including lane-shifts, and the milled down sections of road along I-91 in Springfield.
The MassDOT also warns drivers to be ready for high levels of traffic congestion, especially for those using the MassPike both Friday and again on Monday afternoon. They said based on toll transactions, the labor day weekend is one of the 10 busiest travels times of the year.
AAA credits cheaper gas, more disposable income, and a stronger job market the 35.5 million Americans expected to travel this weekend.