It's been long-standing knowledge that one of the worst traffic days of the year is the day before Thanksgiving. Everyone and their mother, dog, and best friend all hit the roads at the same time and clog things up to immense levels. In fact, according to AAA, there are going to be 43.4 million people on the highways nationwide this year -- so you can imagine that a significant portion of those are going to be messing things up here in New England.FULL ENTRY
As we look forward to yet another significant winter storm (the third in three weeks), worries are high in many towns about whether the cost of cleaning up of these storms will be able to be kept under budget. In the city of Boston, the Herald reports that likely won't be the case, as $14 million of the city's $17.8 million snow budget was spent just on the blizzard two weeks ago.FULL ENTRY
++ UPDATE (2:45 PM) ++ The governor's administration has now placed a travel ban in effect on ALL Massachusetts roadways as of 4:00 PM:
Kurt Schwartz, director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, said at the news conference that the travel ban applies to all roads in the state, but there are various exceptions, such as for public safety, media, and vehicles supplying esssential businesses like convenience stores and hardware stores. Violating the travel ban, he said, could incur a penalty of a year in jail and a $500 fine.
Tolls are no longer being collected for the duration of the storm on the Pike and Tobin.
All right, change of plans. "Nemo", as it were, is going to take front and center stage for this post. I'm hoping beyond hope that traffic for the Friday afternoon commute will be minimal, considering this Thursday evening brought some of the worst traffic I've seen in months. (Actually, now that I think about it, Superstorm Sandy was the last time.)
Regardless, below the cut, I'll have the rundown of how transportation across the area is set to be affected. This info is current as of very early Friday morning. I will try to update as often as possible if anything major changes. You can also follow me on Twitter, where I'll try to send through any major developments. Be sure to stay tuned to boston.com for all the latest, though.
Be safe! Back to "normal" posting Monday.FULL ENTRY