With COVID-19 restrictions loosening, traffic expected this Memorial Day weekend


CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – We are so close to Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial kick off of summer, but if you want to travel be sure to plan ahead.

While there is usually a lot of traffic on the roads throughout the weekend, MassDOT is warning people that traffic will be worse this year than previous ones. All scheduled road work around the holiday weekend is postponed. However, you should still expect delays in high volume areas like on the Mass Pike in Sturbridge and as you get closer out east.

MassDOT is also urging residents to practice safe driving, something drivers want as well.

“It’s summer time, you know what I’m saying. Since summer time is coming out, everybody is about to have fun. I prefer everyone to be as safe as possible because you never know what can happen,” said Nathan Ortiz of Chicopee.

An estimated 37 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or more for Memorial Day weekend, according to AAA. Out of that number, 34 million Americans are planning to drive, and 2.5 million Americans are expected to be boarding airplanes. AAA says 577 percent more people will be taking to the skies this weekend as opposed to the same time last year. Still, 750,000 fewer people will be flying during Memorial Day weekend this year than the same time in 2019.

As a reminder, Massachusetts’ mask mandate and all capacity restrictions expire on Saturday. If you plan to travel out of state, check your destinations COVID-19 restrictions as they could be different. Don’t forget to check our 22News live traffic map while traveling this weekend!

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