SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Potholes have been a major issue on I-91 in Springfield and more permanent repairs are expected to begin soon.
The current I-91 bridge deck was built in the 1960s and the state has said they are ready to start a $230 million project to permanently repair the decaying elevated portion.
However, next month MassDOT is starting the Memorial Avenue Rotary Replacement Project across the Connecticut River in West Springfield. Until May, drivers can expect partial lane closures on Route 5 going under the rotary. MassDOT told 22News that lane closures for the I-91 improvement work will take place after the rotary project is done.
One driver 22News spoke with said he is growing impatient, and would like to see repairs to Interstate 91 sooner rather than later.
Thomas Melling of Ludlow said, “I think it should have been done a long time ago, you know what I mean? I think they’re just procrastinating. I think they’re probably going to have to shut down everything and just rebuild it right from start; I mean you can only put Band Aids on it for so long.”
February 24th is the bid opening date for the repairs on the raised portion of 91 through Springfield.