Plan ahead before driving during busy 4th of July weekend

Low gas prices are making it a good year to travel by car this Fourth of July holiday

Heavy traffic on I-91 southbound in Holyoke, just south of the Easthampton-Holyoke line. Image Courtesy: MassDOT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – This is predicted to be a historic Independence Day weekend for travel, with over 1 million more people traveling than this time last year, most by car.

According to AAA, more than 42 million drivers will be on the roads this weekend, so MassDOT is advising drivers to plan ahead to avoid delays.

Low gas prices are making it a good year to travel by car this Fourth of July holiday. We haven’t seen prices this low at the pumps on Fourth of July, since 2005.

AAA’s predicting 44.2 million Americans will be traveling more than 50 miles over the long holiday weekend, which could mean traffic backups. MassDOT recommends drivers leave during off peak hours, to avoid crowded roads.

One Connecticut driver returning from Canada said his ride on I-91 south was smooth ride. Alvin Miller of Bloomfield Connecticut told 22News, “Well it’s been very nice. It was raining like heck coming onto to 91, but it’s been very good up ’til Springfield, but further down in Connecticut, you don’t want to hear what I have to say.”

MassDOT suspended the reconstruction of the Mass Pike exits, and on the elevated portion of I-91 through Springfield.

AAA estimates more than 338,000 motorists will experience flat tires, lockouts and dead batteries over the four-day holiday.

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