HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – There was welcomed news Thursday night for drivers who frequently use I-91. 22News found out the Exit 16 on-ramps in Holyoke will reopen in about a month.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation closed the Exit 16 on-ramps for the safety of both the drivers and the construction crews while workers repaved the ramps and repaired the bridge deck.
The on-ramps at Exit 16 in Holyoke have been closed since April. Drivers who live near the Soldiers Home, which is just on the other side of the 91 overpass, and near the Holyoke Medical Center, have had to drive to Exit 17 by Mt. Tom or Exit 15 to access Interstate 91.
MassDOT crews have been working since the spring. If everything goes well, these ramps will reopen by the end of November. Until then, drivers will continue to deal with lane closures on both sides of 91 between West Springfield and Easthampton.
Anthony Mino, a contractor working in Mass., said, “I don’t think it’s worth it during peak business hours. Think it’s worth it at night. Saves taxpayer’s time and money, you get where you need to go.”
Some drivers are skeptical that this will mean everything will be fixed for good.
John Moali of Springfield said, “There’s not enough money. The state just doesn’t have it. They can only put out what they have, and then we have to fix what we didn’t fix last year. It’s like Route 5 for example. That needs a lot of repair. There are major intersections in Springfield that need lots of repairs.”
The project is costing the state nearly $15 million.