CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, and it’s also the start of the “100 deadliest days” for teen drivers.
The Massachusetts Turnpike toll booths have been demolished, but construction on the toll plazas won’t be finished until fall.
While all road constructions have stopped for the holiday weekend, there are still a lot of barriers and obstacles you need to watch for.
Two million people will be on Massachusetts road this Memorial Day weekend. Drivers told 22News, their biggest concerns are drunk or distracted drivers.
“I’d like to think as a new mom or a soon to be new mom it’s definitely one of those things you’re going to worry about and think about, especially weekends with high travel rates,” Libby Mendez from Fiskdale, NY told 22News.
This will be the first Memorial Day weekend with no toll booths on the Mass Pike.
“Well we just got an E-ZPass in New York. We recently moved back to New York from California. So we got our E-ZPass and it’s been good. It’s been smooth sailing,” Dan Rogers from Albany, NY told 22News.
While MassDOT has suspended the toll plaza work for the long holiday weekend, they’re reminding drivers to stay alert through the construction zones.
Drivers are still hitting traffic during peak periods.
“We did hit one spot where we had to stop on I-90. It’s actually been heavier than I thought it might be, but then I’m native about these things, about traveling on the Friday, before Memorial Day,” John Walsh of Saratoga Springs, NY said.
Drivers should expect to pay more at the pumps this weekend, as gas prices tend to run higher around the holidays.
Drivers are expected to pay more to for gas since 2015.