Traffic authorities in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, realizing that the Harvard-Yale game will bring the heaviest motor traffic of the year to points about New Haven, and especially on the Boston-New Haven-New York routes, have made numerous preparations for expeditious handling of the crowds.
In Connecticut, extensive plans and rules have been made to help the motorist. Mr. R. B. Stoechel, Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, has declared that he will try to keep traffic in Connecticut travelling about thirty miles an hour, except through cities. Motorists who cannot travel that fast will be sent over back roads. High speed and cutting in will not be tolerated, nor will moping. As the main highways will be crowded Friday night and Saturday morning, road authorities recommend the less popular routes, which they give assurance, will be in good condition. One such route is Boston, Worcester, Webster, Putnam, Conn., and New London or Willimantic. Another is by way of Providence and Putnam. All the roads are said to be in first-class condition.
To Cooperate With Conn. Authorities
Mr. F. A. Goodwin, Registrar of Motor Vehicles in Massachusetts, will cooperate with the Connecticut authorities. All the Massachusetts inspectors of motor traffic and the motorcycle patrol of the State constabulary will be patrolling the roads. There is in Massachusetts no special speed limit, but violations of laws relating to racing, dangerous speeding, recklessness, and operating a vehicle while under the influence of liquor, will be summarily dealt with. The purpose of this careful patrol is not to hinder traffic, but to keep it moving as quickly and safely as possible.
R. I. Roads in Good Condition
The State Board of Public Roads of Rhode Island states that routes in that state will all be in good condition. The best road from Providence is the New London turnpike through Royal Mills. Arctic, Washington, and over Noose Neck hill to Westerly. This road is reported in better condition than the shore route via Wickford. The Putnam turnpike through Putnam. Conn., is also in fairly good shape, though not so wide as the New London way.
"In Connecticut," says Commissioner Stoeckel, "each driver of a car will receive a printed request which will tell him exactly what is expected of him, and if he follows the lines of that request, he will get into New Haven and out again just as speedily and with less annoyance than if he attempts to travel along faster than his neighbors." Roads will be closely patrolled day and night. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
The entrances into New Haven and approaches to the Yale Bowl will all be extensively marked with signs.