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Labor Day 2013: Travel in New England to top nat'l average, get tips here

Officials in New England warn drivers that automobile traffic is expected to increase more than the national average in the northeast this Labor Day weekend.
Officials in New England warn drivers that automobile traffic is expected to increase more than the national average in the northeast this Labor Day weekend.greaterbostonsuburbs.com/Getty

Labor Day 2013 travel is expected to increase by 4.4 percent in New England this year, with 1.7 million residents of the region expected to hit the road from now through Monday, seeking one last breath of summer. This beats the national travel predictions of a 4.2 percent increase to just over 34 million Americans traveling the Labor Day holiday, according to MassLive on Friday, Aug. 30.

With 1.48 million of those New Englanders traveling this holiday weekend by car, that means a whopping 10.1 percent of the northeast population will be on the roads. About another 120,000 will fly, with the rest taking ferry's, trains, buses or other transit.

The State DOT predicts the heaviest Massachusetts Turnpike traffic will be westbound Friday and eastbound Monday night, as the populated Boston metro area leaves and returns for the Labor Day holiday.

The state of Massachusetts also issued a warning to expect the typical holiday weekend congestion on and off Cape, as well as points north. Officials suggest that Cape Cod-bound travelers from greater Boston take advantage of the Cape Flyer rail service.

Thankfully the MassDOT will suspend all road and bridge construction on major roadways beginning noon Friday through Tuesday morning.

MassDOT traffic cameras are available at www1.eot.state.ma.us/..

Free coffee will be served at the 18 service plazas along the Massachusetts Turnpike, as well as on other major state highways during the overnight hours of Monday, Sept. 2, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m, according to a news release.

"I think it should be a great beach weekend", CBS3 meteorologist Nick Morganelli said. "People will remember this weekend as being great for all those end-of-summer activities, picnics, the pool".

The weather in the region is expected to consist of warm temperatures and some moderate, rising humidity. Clouds and chances for rain showers increase towards Monday.

High temps will be in the mid to upper 80s for most of New England.