Marsha Epstein has been traveling from one end of the state to the other on the Massachusetts Turnpike since 1966, but she’s never seen a traffic jam like the 45-mile backup on Friday night.
“It was unbelievable,” said Epstein, 64, of Newton. She and her husband set off for Philadelphia to visit their grandson at around 3:30 — plenty of time, they thought, to beat the traffic. Instead, they found themselves sitting in gridlock for 2½ hours before they even reached their exit toward New York. “It’s amazing our marriage was still intact,” she said with a laugh.