Traffic troubles continue on Sumner Avenue

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Since the spring, drivers can use only two lanes on Sumner Avenue between the entrance to Forest Park and the intersection of Oakland Street. But the reason for those delays has changed.

First, the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission had to install new pipes. But commission spokesman Charles Romano told 22News, that they completed that job in July. Now, Columbia Gas crews are there, making improvements to their network.

Midday traffic is often as congested as it is during the peak commuter hours. Drivers told 22News that they’re fed up with the Sumner Avenue slowdown.

“Yeah, it’s ridiculous. I have an eye doctor down here that I have trouble getting to because of it,” Joshua Dutton of Springfield said.

“We get stuck ever day. It’s hard to get around nowadays,” Victor Otero of Springfield said.

According to the Massachusetts Deparmtent of Transportation, Sumner Avenue is one of Springfield busiest streets; accommodating more than 20,000 cars every day.

Romano told 22News that Sumner Avenue will be back to normal by the first of November, so that the road will be back to full capacity in time for the annual Bright Nights at Forest Park.

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