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How to make Monday’s commute marginally better

Boston, MA - 7/30/2017 - Construction is done on the site of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge as part of a rebuilding project in Boston, MA, July 30, 2017. Interstate 90 will be reduced to two lanes of traffic each way through Boston while workers rebuild the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge overhead. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)
Keith Bedford/Globe Staff
Construction on the site of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge.

Summertime commutes are supposed to be easier — brighter sunshine, warmer temperatures, clearer roads. Not Monday anywhere near the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge.

Construction on the bridge will disrupt commutes for the next two weeks starting Monday. If you can’t avoid the headache, you can at least be prepared for it with tips from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and Globe staff (the cheekier ones.)

For drivers:

Consult Waze and other route-finding apps to avoid areas of high congestion.

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Shift your work day to commute at non-peak times.

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Check online for road closures and detours.

Download a few extra episodes of that podcast you’ve been meaning to listen to. We recommend the Stuff You Should Know podcast. Your colleagues will think you’ve attended a cutting-edge lecture series over the weekend.

For Green Line riders:

Know where to find the nearest shuttle bus stop along Commonwealth Avenue. (They’re marked with clearly labeled, yellow sandwich boards.)

Consult real-time tracking apps like Transit or GoTime.

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Pack a pair of walking shoes and stroll the 10 minutes between Blandford Street and Babcock Street stations — nothing like a little early morning exercise to get the blood flowing before work.

For bicyclists and pedestrians:

Don’t even try to walk along the eastside of the Commonwealth Avenue bridge. You’ll run into fencing and massive cranes.

Look for police details and signs marking safe cross streets.

Look for extra Hubway stations at Babcock Street and Silber Way and ask a Hubway Ambassador for assistance downloading the app during commuting hours at each location.

Remember that as frustrating as the detours may be, at least you’re not driving.

For everyone:

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Telecommute if you can.

Stay patient.

Mark off the days on a calendar until Aug. 14 when construction is scheduled to end -- until next summer when it starts again.

Sara Salinas can be reached at sara.salinas@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @saracsalinas.