HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - Expect to see construction crews on Interstate 91 again next summer in Holyoke. It’s become a familiar sight for many drivers; detour signs and construction cones on I-91 between Exits 15 and 17.
“People are going over 70 miles per hour, and it’s kind of scary,” Mary Rodriguez from Holyoke said.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation temporarily shut down some travel lanes to rebuild and resurface that section of the highway. They’ve shifted travel patterns.
MassDOT has put up detour signs near Exits 15 and 17, so drivers who may be towing a large object and tractor trailer drivers can avoid the narrow lanes in the construction zone. The work also involves Exit 16 on and off ramps on Cherry Street, or Route 202 in Holyoke.
Rodriguez said, “You know, you gotta give yourself extra time wherever you’re going, and sometimes you forget about the construction, and the next thing you know, the highway’s all backed up.”
22News found out on Tuesday, drivers can expect to deal with delays for another construction season. MassDOT expects the 91 project to be completed the summer of 2015.
Karen Fontaine of Ludlow said, “That’s kind of disappointing because I’ve also been caught, trying to get on or off and unable to do so.”
The work on Cherry Street is scheduled to be done some time in 2016.
When you drive through the construction zone, remember to slow down and leave enough space between you and the car in front of you. The most common work zone accident is a rear end collision.