SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Some big improvements on highways and bridges are on their way to western Massachusetts. The state’s Department of Transportation has several different road improvement projects in the works, one of them set to take place on I-91 in Springfield.
It’s part of the Viaduct Rehabilitation Project, and that’s going to impact I-91 between Exits 8 and 4. That’s from the 291 Interchange to Union Street in downtown Springfield.
The project aims to replace the existing deck of the bridge, which MassDOT says is in poor condition. The project could mean setting up detours and dealing with slow-moving traffic. The garage located underneath the highway along with on and off ramps could also be closed at times during the construction.
However, we are still months away from when that will take place. So there is still plenty of time to prepare for the delays. If you have any ideas, MassDOT wants to hear from you. They’re asking for your input to design a detour for the 91 repair project. You can find a link to that survey by clicking here.
Right now designs for the updates and repairs are in the works, and construction is slated to begin in November of this year.
Leaving Hampden County moving to Franklin County, in the town of Colrain, MassDOT has plans as well. They are going to replace the Jacksonville Road bridge, but that project may not begin until 2015.
The bridge repairs and updates are actually part of the state’s $3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program. It aims to repair aging infrastructure throughout the state.