No street lights & cold nights, a bad mix for the Longmeadow Curve

MassDOT is working to restore the light by Wednesday

LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Another night of dangerous road conditions anticipated Tuesday night on an already-accident prone section of I-91.

Morning commutes haven’t been easy. “Black ice has been terrible. I’ve been watching cars get stuck on my street and sliding down sideways,” Natalia Bouyea of Springfield said.

However, now there’s another obstacle for drivers on Interstate 91. The street lights near the Longmeadow Curve stopped working about 4 days ago.

Bouyea told 22News, “Obviously needs to be fixed. Being able to see ahead of you is extremely important obviously. With the black ice up there and without the lights on, all you can do is really spread the word and drive more cautiously. The slower you go the more safe you’re going to be.”

MassDOT Spokesman Mike Verseckes told 22News a hit-and-run accident wiped out the load center that powers those lights.

So this section of I-91, right by Exits 1 and 2, drivers have to rely only on their headlights to see what’s ahead of them, but just on the other side of the Longmeadow exit ramp, street lights are working. So only the ones by the Springfield-Longmeadow town line have been affected by the accident.

The plan is to restore power by Wednesday night. Until then, one of the most dangerous sections of I-91 will be left in the dark. A DOT report revealed 500 accidents near the Longmeadow Curve between 2010 and 2012.

Drivers need to be extra cautious. Kevin Muzyka of Greenfield said, “Maintain the distance between the cars. Make sure there’s no snow and ice on your vehicles. And reduce speed.”

According to the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission this section of I-91 is no stranger to accidents.

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