SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – People driving on Interstate 91 in Springfield this Labor Day may have been a bit surprised by a message flashing on one of the highway’s message boards. Instead of updates on traffic conditions or safety tips, the sign is flashing a message that some people told 22News they found offensive.
We received phone calls and messages through our Report It feature about message board on I-91 northbound, between Exit 8 and Exit 10. Early this afternoon, the board was flashing the letter “F”, followed by the letter “U.” Later, the board was flashing the letters “U”, “R”, “P”, and “L”.
Michael Verseckes, spokesperson for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, told 22News that there was a power outage earlier, which may have had an effect on the message boards. Crews were sent out to investigate, and power was later turned off to the signboard.