The feared Thanksgiving crawl has begun on the Mass Pike where westbound traffic is backed up for miles all the way out to Charlton, state police report.
State police say it’s only going to get worse.
The backup begins on the Pike in Framingham and continues well into western Massachusetts. The Web site traffic.com is labeling the mess a “jamfactor” of eight out of 10.
Earlier today the crash that snarled Thanksgiving traffic early on a ramp connecting Route 295 and Interstate 95 in Attleboro is over after crews spent nearly three hours cleaning up spilled fuel and debris from a dump truck rollover.
“There was going to be a lot of traffic today anyway,” said state police Sgt. Matthew Murray.
“That didn’t make the start of the holiday commute very easy.
State police said it appeared no one was injured in the accident.
But there’s more traffic headaches.
A 12:35 p.m. brush fire at Route 128 north at Exit 17 in Wenham also caused a slight traffic clog, said state police spokesman David Procopio. He added the mess was cleared little more than an hour later.
“There’s no backup right now,” said Procopio said.
Drivers are beginning to pack the highways in what is projected to be a record-setting travel day.
New England holiday auto travel is expected to increase 12.1 percent from last year, and out of 42.2 million people traveling nationwide, 94 percent are doing so by car this Thanksgiving, the highest percentage ever recorded for a single holiday, according to AAA statistics.
“We ask people to be patient, give yourself plenty of time, make sure your car’s prepared, don’t drink and drive, and always wear your seatbelt,” Lt. David Wilson said this morning.
Wilson said Interstate 495, the Massachusetts Turnpike and Route 9 in Framingham could become trouble spots for traffic buildup as the day progresses.
Soon I shall deal with the LA Rush Hour. In 2008 it took me 3 hours to get home. In 2009 I left early and it only took me two hours to get home. Today I will will leave even earlier and I have no idea how long it will take.Notorious for its backups at holiday time, the 56-mile-long stretch of the Mass Pike west from downtown Boston to Interstate 84 in Sturbridge was recently voted the number two most congested road in America by the Weather Channel.