By Staff

BOSTON (CBS) — This is one aspect of “normal” that nobody around Boston missed: Traffic is back to pre-pandemic levels in Massachusetts, a MassDOT official confirmed Monday.

“Traffic, for all intents and purposes, is back to about 2019 levels on most roadways in Massachusetts at this point,” Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver said at a board meeting. “We are certainly seeing a return to a lot of previous travel times.”

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Gulliver said one exception is that the Mass Pike “at certain segments is running a little bit lower, especially the closer you get to Boston.”

But other roads are even busier than they were before COVID hit. The I-93 Southeast Expressway between the Braintree Split and the Mass Ave Connector is seeing travel times exceeding 2019 at rush hour. Route 24 between I-93 and Route 27 is also seeing southbound travel times exceeding 2019 levels in the morning.

The return of traffic in the Boston area (Image credit: MassDOT)

There are some different traffic patterns that have emerged as people return to work, Gulliver said. It’s not clear how long that will last.

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“People seem to be traveling shorter trips and they are mostly mid-day trips,” he said. “I think we’re in for a really major adjustment period that’s going to occur throughout the fall.”

A MassDOT study back in 2019 found that traffic in the state had reached a “tipping point.”


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