Don’t read too much into epic Pike traffic jam

Mass. Pike motorists converged at Interstate 495 tolls.

david l ryan/globe staff/file 2033

Mass. Pike motorists converged at Interstate 495 tolls.

RE “EPIC 45-mile traffic backup should prompt Pike changes” (Editorial, Oct. 11): As someone who travels the entire length of the Mass. Pike a minimum of 20 times a year, including last Friday, I can tell you that the 45-mile backup had nothing to do with tolls, the Interstate 84 merge, or the lack of E-ZPass drivers. It’s like this every year on the Friday of Columbus Day weekend.

The issue is one of sheer volume — leaf peepers and people looking to grab one last decent three-day weekend. Few cars get off at 495 while thousands get on. Same at I-84.


The real backup occurs on the Pike itself at Worcester before Exit 10 and near the Charlton rest stop. It’s a matter of road design as much as anything.

Before I left Friday I told my colleagues I expected to be in a 45-mile backup. Maybe I should have put an electronic highway sign on my roof.

Emily Rooney


Loading comments...
Real journalists. Real journalism. Subscribe to The Boston Globe today.
We hope you've enjoyed your free articles.
Continue reading by subscribing to Globe.com for just 99¢.
 Already a member? Log in Home
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com