MassDOT has several projects coming up in WMass

SPRINGFIEDL, Mass. (WWLP) – The Route 5 tunnel in West Springfield and a stretch of 91 in Holyoke are getting a facelift right now, but toward the end of this year, we can add the elevated portion of 91 in Springfield to that list of highway upgrades and improvements.

It could mean setting up detours and dealing with slow-moving traffic. The Mass. Department of Transportation is moving forward with several road improvement projects up and down the Pioneer Valley.

In Springfield, the elevated portion of Interstate 91 will soon undergo a major repair. The repair project will impact the elevated portion of Interstate 91 between Exit 8 and Exit 5. That’s from the 291 Interchange to Union Street in downtown Springfield.

A parking garage is located beneath the highway. The garage as well as on and off ramps could close at times during the construction.

“There’s no way around it. I mean, I just ride the traffic in, ride it out, you know, just keep my eyes open and be careful,” Tom Shumway of Springfield said.

In the Franklin County town of Colrain, MassDOT has plans to replace the Jacksonville Road bridge. That project may not begin until 2015, but neighbors are already looking forward to improvements.

Laura Bruffee-Slowinski of Colrain said “What I’d like to see with the new bridge is some sort of accessible walkway continuing on all the way down Jacksonville Road so people can bike and walk safely.”

MassDOT is asking for your input to design a detour for the 91 repair project.

Click Here to take the survey.

Click Here to learn about the Colrain bridge project.

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