State Transportation Dept. Advises on Thanksgiving Travel; Offers Free Coffee After 10 p.m.

MassDOT officials asks drivers to plan ahead. (File photograph.)

Traveling to Thanksgiving dinner today? The Massachusetts Department of Transportation advises drivers to give themselves plenty of time, check weather conditions, put away cellphones and drive sober.

Recognizing drivers may become sleepy on long road trips, the department says free coffee will be served at the 18 MassDOT service plazas from 10 p.m., tonight, through 5 a.m., tomorrow. The plazas serving free coffee include 11 service plazas along I-90 plus plazas along Route 3 in Plymouth, Route 128 in Beverly, Route 128/I-95 in Newton and Lexington, Route 6 in Barnstable and the Route 24 northbound and southbound plazas.

At Boston Logan Airport, travelers should monitor for updated airline and airport information and Transportation Security Administration carry-on luggage regulations. The Massport website allows travelers to check flight status, parking conditions and public transportation options from their smartphone or tablet.

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