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Some drivers find roads clogged as they make their holiday escapes

Looking forward to a long holiday weekend even though it might be marred by Hurricane Arthur, drivers leaving the Boston area found themselves in some congestion today, state officials said.

One trouble spot was Interstate 93 in Boston, where traffic rolled slowly in both directions this afternoon, said Mike Verseckes, Massachusetts Department of Transportation spokesman.

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“Today there were a whole bunch of factors at play, such as the weather and the fact that the holiday falls on a weekend,” Verseckes said.

To alleviate the congestion, Verseckes said, MassDOT opened up the southbound zipper lane two hours earlier than normal this afternoon. This zipper lane is typically deployed twice a day, during morning rush hour on the northbound side, and during the afternoon rush hour on the southbound side.

Storrow Drive closed at 1 p.m. today, and was running smoothly prior to its closure, Bill Hickey, Department of Conservation and Recreation spokesman, said.

Hickey said there weren’t any significant reports of congestion or accidents on Memorial Drive today. Memorial Drive is set to close today at 6 p.m. in preparation for tonight’s events on the Esplanade.

Shortly after 5 p.m., the traffic information service showed most roads clearing up around Boston.

Trisha Thadani can be reached at
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