Transportation leaders highlight improvements in WMass

BOSTON (WWLP) - State Transportation leaders gathered at the State House to highlight upcoming work and projects throughout the state. Drivers frustrated with the long lines at the Registry of Motor Vehicles may soon feel some relief.

“We have added some staff to the western Mass. area as well as our interns are in now so that’s really exciting for us, that helps us with an extra pair of hands, and a lot of them are returning so they’re experienced,” said RMV Registrar Celia Blue.

The Interstate 91 viaduct replacement project is also gaining momentum. The viaduct is the elevated portion of I-91, and parts of the structure are deteriorating. Equipment is expected to be put in place in the winter, with construction starting in the spring. The Department of Transportation reports that as many as 75,000 cars travel I-91 through Springfield every day. When construction begins, three lanes will become two, but commuters shouldn’t be too worried about the traffic.

“There will be some impacts no doubt, but no major impacts and we will work with the city, we’ll work with local businesses and we’ll work with impacted commuters to ensure that they have information from us, they know when closings are happening,” said Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary Richard Davey.

The project is expected to cost $230 million and could take up to six years to complete. When the improvements are complete, it is expected to last up to fifty years without the need of major repairs.

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