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Holiday traffic on Cape Cod ebbs, flows

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.

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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.

Globe correspondent Nicholas Jacques contributed to this report. Gal Tziperman Lotan can be reached at Melissa Hanson can be reached at
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