MassDOT: Traffic Volumes Worsening But Not As High As Pre-Pandemic Levels


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — New data from MassDOT shows that traffic has gotten worse as Massachusetts continues to reopen, but traffic volumes are still not as high as they were before the pandemic.

MassDOT said traffic volumes between March 29 and April 11, 2021 were down 5% to 14% from 2019 levels. In contrast, traffic levels in mid-April of 2020 — at the height of the pandemic — were down about 60% from 2019.

According to the data, there are certain spots with faster overall travel times and shorter peak periods since the start of the pandemic.

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Those places include I-93 between the Braintree Split and the Mass Ave Connector, on I-93 north of the city between I-95/128 and the Zakim Bridge, on the Mass Pike between I-95/MA-128, and on US 1 between Copeland Circle in Revere and downtown Boston.

According to MassDOT, there were certain spots that saw major volume changes. On the Mass Pike, volumes have been between 13% and 41% lower than 2019 levels. All other highways saw volumes between 41% lower and 1% higher than they were in 2019.

MassDOT said not as many people are using the HOV Southeast Expressway Zipper Lane as they did before the pandemic.

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