SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Columbus day weekend is one of the busiest times of the year on state highways.

MassDOT has shut down construction outside of fixed work zones until 5 a.m. on Tuesday. Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead, consider public transportation, and bring a face-covering for travel during the holiday weekend. If you’re on the eastern part of the state, the HOV lane on I-93 between Boston and Quincy opens at 1 p.m. Friday.

The highway assistance program is increasing patrols on major roadways to support drivers who may need roadside assistance.

Due to the Boston Marathon on Monday, October 11, the MBTA will be closing several stations, including Copley Square in Boston for a period of time.

“We expect higher traffic volume than normal starting on Thursday so anyone traveling should allow extra time to reach destinations,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “Travelers should also note that the 2021 Boston Marathon will occur on Monday, October 11, and that means some road closures between Hopkinton and Boston and means the MBTA will make some schedule changes and close several stations in Boston. As always, the public should plan ahead and adjust travel times as appropriate for scheduled events, for the weather and to avoid the peak hours when others will be on the roads.”