MassDOT Message: Avoid the Turnpike While the Toll Plazas Come Down reports, “Drivers using the Massachusetts Turnpike to get to work this week might simply want to find another way to get there, highway officials said [yesterday, October 30] as they discussed the progress of all-electronic tolling in the state.” State highway administrator Thomas Tinlin tells the press that today’s traffic “is going to be a heck of a lot different than Saturday and Sunday. We’re asking you to look at the way you travel and maybe make a difference. Use the MBTA if that’s an option. . . .” The report adds that active demolition at all 23 toll plazas was scheduled to begin last night, October 30, after utilities were “capped and cut” over the weekend.

WWLP News reports, “Demolition of the old toll booth lanes started Sunday morning. Contractors are working to remove the center lanes by November 22nd. During that time, traffic will be channeled through the outside lanes at a 15 mph speed limit.”