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Officials Expecting Heavy Traffic This 4th of July Holiday Weekend

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    Fourth of July weekend is a busy time on Cape Cod, but if you time it right, you can avoid the traffic.

    (Published Friday, June 30, 2017)

    Highway officials are expecting the roads to be full Friday as Massachusetts residents begin long Fourth of July holidays this weekend.

    MassDOT said the department stopped all roadwork at noon Friday to help ease traffic problems.

    AAA estimates a record-breaking 1 million in Massachusetts alone will drive this holiday weekend, and they will see the cheapest gas in 12 years, which is down to an average of $2.20 a gallon in the Bay State.

    Carman Brodeur said she started her journey to Cape Cod in the middle of the day to avoid the traffic.

    Officials Expecting Heavy Traffic This 4th of July Weekend

    [NECN] Officials Expecting Heavy Traffic This 4th of July Weekend

    AAA estimates a record-breaking 1 million in Massachusetts alone will drive this holiday weekend, and they will see the cheapest gas in 12 years, which is down to an average of $2.20 a gallon in the Bay State.

    (Published Friday, June 30, 2017)

    "Usually I get there by the end of the day and it's bad, but today I'm expecting it to be better," she said.

    "Traffic was actually surprisingly easy," said Jess Lynch of Manchester, New Hampshire. "We just flew down 93, we're on 3, we're about to cross the bridge, and we'll be at the Cape in no time."

    Drivers heading down Route 3 Friday afternoon to start their holiday breaks early found few problems.

    "I've been zooming," agreed Catherine Warren of South Boston.

    Ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft expect to be busy, too.

    "Definitely expecting a busy weekend," Martin Lepene, a driver for Uber and Lyft, said. "It's usually very busy on the weekends."

    At Logan Airport, travelers arrived early and expected long lines.

    "I get here early," Debbie Macneil said. "I understand why they do everything, so there's no problem."

    About 3.4 million Americans are expected to hit the skies this weekend, and some were pleasantly surprised to find it business as usual.

    "Seems like the airport is perfect for us to get out of town, so it's great," Christine O'Donnell said.

    Eighteen service plazas across Massachusetts, including the one on Route 128 in Newton, will service free coffee starting at 10 p.m. July 4 through 5 a.m. on July 5.

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