Expect heavy traffic for UMass commencement exercises

Heaviest traffic will be mid-to-late afternoon

HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – About 25,000 people are expected to attend Friday evening’s undergraduate commencement exercises at UMass, and that will mean traffic on Route 9 and Route 116 headed toward McGuirk Stadium.

Other primary routes used by visitors to the campus include the Massachusetts Turnpike, Interstate 91, Route 181, and Route 21. Delays are possible on all of those roadways as well.

Avoiding Route 9 traffic for UMass commencement weekend

Significant traffic delays are expected to begin during the early afternoon, with commencement itself beginning at 4:00. The two hours before commencement are expected to the worst in terms of traffic.

From 2:00 through the end of commencement, North University Drive and the stretch of North Pleasant Street that runs through the campus will be closed to traffic.

You can track travel conditions in real time using our Live Traffic Map.

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