The following was submitted by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.
MassDOT and the Massachusetts State Police are reminding drivers traveling along I-93 and I-95 (Rte. 128) that use of the breakdown lane on I-93/I-95 (Rte. 128) has been discontinued in the area where the new fourth travel lane has opened.
In late November, MassDOT opened a section of the new fourth travel lane along I-93 and I-95 (Rte. 128) between Route 24 in Randolph and a point just south of Rte. 109 near the Westwood-Dedham line.
The new lane is part of the ongoing project to eliminate an existing bottleneck between Rte. 24 and Rte. 9 in Wellesley by having four continuous travel lanes in each direction of interstate roadway from the junction of I-93 and I-95 in Reading, south to Rte. 3 in Braintree.
With the addition of the new fourth travel lane between Rte. 24 in Randolph and a point just south of Rte. 109 near the Westwood-Dedham line, use of the breakdown lane on this section is now prohibited, including during weekday peak travel periods (6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.).
MassDOT has deployed appropriate signage to inform drivers; additionally, State Police have been patrolling this route to enforce this change.
Breakdown lane use during weekday peak travel periods had been allowed between Rte. 24 and Rte. 9 via special permission by the Federal Highway Administration since 1986. However, upon the opening of the fourth travel lane between Randolph and Westwood-Dedham, the breakdown lane along this section is now reserved for disabled motor vehicles and emergency vehicles.
The opening of the new fourth travel lane on the approximately 5.7 miles of interstate roadway on I-93/I-95 (Rte. 128) between Randolph and Westwood-Dedham is the result of four separate construction contracts totaling $136.7 million.
Two additional contracts, one currently under construction and another in the final design stages, will provide the additional lane in each direction from Rte. 109 to Rte. 9, which will complete the overall corridor widening project.