Pothole issue again closed Route 5 Tunnel

Traffic was being diverted off the highway

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – More pothole problems caused the northbound lane of the Route 5 Tunnel in West Springfield to be closed for a time Friday morning.

The two lanes that normally accommodate southbound traffic are already closed due to a $4.8 million long-term repair project, with traffic being diverted through the northbound half of the tunnel into single lanes going in either direction.

The repairs came as a result of frequent tunnel closings because of potholes. A temporary fix in the spring closed the tunnel altogether for about two months’ time.

Ethan Cortez of Springfield said, “For me, instantly I was on Route 5 and hit a pothole, and one of my axels broke off. And just for the fact that something happened like that at a wrong time especially when you’re late or running somewhere.”

Between about 9:00 A.M. and 10:00 A.M., traffic was being diverted off the highway and onto the North End Bridge Rotary as crews did their work.

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