SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Drivers should expect heavy traffic on I-91 southbound in downtown Springfield due to efforts to repair a pothole that opened up Wednesday afternoon.
State police have closed the center lane of I-91 south, just past Exit 7 (Downtown Springfield, Memorial Bridge). According to a news release from MassDOT, the left lane is also expected to be closed as they make repairs, which are expected to last through the evening rush hour.
Trooper Leonczyk of the state police barracks in Springfield told 22News around noontime that they received many calls about people on I-91 southbound with flat tires. Several stranded motorists could be seen pulled over on I-91 from just south of the Memorial Bridge past the Basketball Hall of Fame.
A MassDOT crew is on the way to the area of the pothole, and will be making repairs.
As a result of the lane closure, traffic on I-91 southbound is backed up from the area of Exit 8 (I-291) to the hole. It is expected to be much heavier as commuters begin to head home for the day. You should seek alternate routes if possible.
According to MassDOT, the hole opened up near an expansion joint due to the recent rainy weather.