Watch out for the worst Memorial Day traffic on Monday evenings while driving around Boston for up to three times as long as usual, according to experts at AAA and the Waze traffic app.
It is estimated that traffic will be remembered around Boston between 3:45 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. Monday, AAA and INRIX, a transport analyst company, said in a news release. Based on 2018 Memorial Day data, Waze predicts 4 to 6 p.m. The busiest window will be, and traffic speeds are expected to fall by 14 to 18 per cent.
“Americans eagerly anticipate the beginning of summer, and expensive gas prices will not keep them in this weekend's Memorial Day,” said Paula Twidale, Vice President of AAA Travel. “Consumer spending remains strong, contributing to strong jobs and income growth. Households continue to prioritize their disposable income on travel, with the highest number expected directly to do so for Memorial Day. ”
Overall, 43 million people are expected to travel around the country during the holiday weekend: 37.6 million cars, 3.25 million by airplane, and 1.9 million through trains, buses and cruise ships, AAA said in the release.
A travel delay is expected to start on Wednesday, according to Trevor Reed, a transport analyst with INRIX. “Our advice to drivers is to avoid morning and evening commuting times or to plan alternative routes,” said Reed.
The Massachusetts Department of Transport will stop all roadworks by 5pm on Friday; it will start again after 11 p.m. Monday, spokesman Patrick Marvin said in an e-mail.
The high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane on I-93 will extend its Thursday afternoon hours and will be open between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and open between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday, Marvin said. Monday lane will be closed.