State officials are warning Massachusetts residents that holiday traffic will be heavy as residents journey long distances for family turkey dinners. But here’s something to be thankful for: The officials are promising to take steps to ensure things go smoothly. The state Department of Transportation says it is fully staffing tollbooths and keeping tow trucks as well as emergency personnel on hand next Wednesday through Sunday. The department is urging motorists to leave early in the morning or after 8 p.m. if they want to avoid the crowds.
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