Mass Pike construction crews to stay on the job until midday on Thanksgiving Eve

About 1 million people expected to be on the roads this holiday

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BOSTON (WWLP) – More people are expected to be on the road next week for Thanksgiving, beginning their travel earlier in the week and return home the following Sunday. Tollbooth demolition on the turnpike exits might impact traffic.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation said construction crews will continue to tear down toll plazas on the Mass Pike through Wednesday. All 23 toll locations are now moving on to “Phase Two” of the project, which includes road reconstruction, drainage work, and demolition of the remaining toll booths.

Berkshire County state Representative William Smitty Pignatelli told 22 News he’s expecting heavier traffic during his Thanksgiving Day commute. “There’s an awful lot of cars on the road,” he said, “and going from Logan back to the Berkshires the other night took me about 3.5 hours. So I think there’s still more work to do.”

AAA estimates that nearly 50 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving.