MassDOT asking for the public’s input on I-91 upgrades

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Later this year, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation will start a major repair project that will upgrade and improve the elevated portion of Interstate 91 here in Springfield.

However, before the construction crew starts closing lanes and on and off ramps, the state wants to know your driving patterns, so they can design a detour that will minimize impacts on drivers.

An online survey asks you to provide details on where and when you typically travel on 91 and local streets in downtown Springfield.

Drivers told 22News it’s about time the elevated highway receives a major upgrade.

Winderson Cabrera of Springfield said, “It’s still good though because you never know when you’re going to park in there, and something falls on you. It could be a random accident, so I think it’s a good idea.”

Tom Shumway, who works in Springfield, said he uses I-91 every day to get to work. He said it’s extremely important for it to have safe, reliable detours.

“Last time they did that there were a lot of traffic jams, and mainly accidents, tons of accidents, you know, so you have to be prepared for it,” said Shumway.

The construction will impact I-91 between the 291 Interchange and Union Street.

Click Here to take the survey.

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