Vacation weekend traffic ebbed and flowed Sunday, allowing travelers to escape from the Cape with relative ease at times while keeping in gridlock at others.
Around 4:30 p.m. cars were flowing through Route 25 eastbound approaching the Bourne Bridge, and backed up for less than a mile on Route 28, according to State Police.
Several hours later, there was no back up on Routes 25 and 28 approaching the bridge, said Trooper Dustin Fitch, a State Police spokesman.
But at 9:30 p.m., traffic had returned on Route 28, said State Police, who did not have an exact measure of the backup.
Route 3 was clear approaching the Sagamore Bridge, at 4:30, and remained traffic free several hours later, but by 9 p.m. there was a three-mile backup in Hingham near Exit 16. And further down the highway in Plymouth, traffic moved slowly too near Exits 5 and 6.
While Route 6 was clogged for about eight miles at 4:30 p.m. it was a far cry from the earlier backup of 17 miles. At 7 p.m. the Mid-Cape highway remained backed-up for about 6.5 miles, Fitch said, and it continued to be congested before the Sagamore Bridge at 9:30 p.m.
Adding to the late night clog, was a southbound crash in Plymouth on Route 3, which closed one lane heading towards the Cape about 8:45 p.m. The driver, a 48-year-old Plymouth man, was taken to Jordan Hospital after his 2000 GMC Yukon rolled-over near Exit 6, Fitch said. He is expected to survive.
No crashes were reported for traffic leaving the Cape, and backups at the end of a holiday weekend in the summer are to be expected, said Fitch.
“Certainly we recommend spending an extra day, stimulating the Cape Cod economy,” he said.