Route 5 Tunnel staying closed well into April

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The closure of the Route 5 Tunnel in West Springfield will last longer than originally expected.

On their official Twitter account, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation tweeted that the tunnel will remain closed through April 25. MassDOT spokesman Mike Versekes told 22News crews working on the road found more damage.

The tunnel closed in late February for re-surfacing work after drivers complained of damage due to potholes. Prior to Tuesday’s announcement, the work had been expected to be completed by the end of March.

While the tunnel remains closed, drivers on Route 5 have been detoured to the offramps that take them onto the North End Bridge Rotary.

Frustrated neighbors told 22News after multiple closures this winter, they hope the state is able to fix the road permanently.

“40 yards, whatever, they didn’t do it right,” said Tom Thoma of West Springfield. “They never do it right, and every time it comes back to winter time, the next winter, we always have problems.”

MassDOT will fix the driving surface and upgrade the tunnel’s drainage system.

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