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Mass. Transportation Officials Prep For Holiday Rush

There were no major traffic problems early Wednesday, but if you're traveling later on this Thanksgiving Eve, prepare for lots of company.

Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Richard Davey says drivers should expect long holiday backups on area roadways.

"Between the hours of 3 and 7 [p.m. Wednesday], not only do we have holiday travel, but also rush hour traffic," Davey said. "So to the extent folks can wait until a little later, that's always helpful. And if you can, travel [Thursday] morning as well."

Davey says highway officials are doing everything they can to prepare for major traffic.

"We're gonna have a number of extra toll takers out to make sure customers are getting through," he said. "We have suspended all highway construction projects; we will not resume those until next Monday."

As part of a promotion, there will be no tolls collected on Mass Pike interchanges 18, 19 and 20 between 5 and 7 p.m. Wednesday night.

This program aired on November 23, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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