Live Blog: Tracking weekend traffic backups in WMass

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – 22News is working for you, tracking traffic conditions across western Massachusetts for a series of major events this weekend, including the Great New England Air Show, the World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast, the Brimfield Antiques Fair, and a series of graduations.

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6:00 P.M. – Backups continue on Westover Road and Sheridan St. in Chicopee, as well as on patches of Memorial Drive.

5:00 P.M. – Traffic is backed up on Westover Road and Sheridan St. in Chicopee, coinciding with the closing of the Great New Engladn Air Show for the day. Minor patches of traffic along Memorial Drive. Major highways clear.

4:00 P.M. – Major highways continue to remain clear. Traffic is briefly backed up at Exit 4 off of the Mass Pike eastbound before the toll station. Small patches of traffic exist on Memorial Drive in Chicopee, particularly at the rotary intersection of Memorial Drive and James St., as well as the rotary intersection of Memorial Drive, Granby Road and Westover Road.

3:15 P.M. – Major highways remain clear, traffic slowing on Sheridan Street and Westover Road heading away from base. Backups continue on Route 20 near antiques market.

2:30 P.M. – Major highways cleared, backups have eased on roads leading to Westover Air Reserve Base. Traffic continues along Route 20 in Brimfield Center.

1:20 P.M. – Major highways clear. Westover Road, New Ludlow Road, and Sheridan Street near base remain backed up. Memorial Drive is stop-and-go. Fuller Road now clear.

12:45 P.M. – No major delays on Mass Pike or I-291. Delays continue on Memorial Drive, Westover Road, New Ludlow Road, and Sheridan Street. Backups easing on Fuller Road.

12:15 P.M. – Backups easing on Mass Pike westbound near Exit 5. Heavy traffic continues on streets approaching the Air Show: Memorial Drive, Fuller Road, Sheridan Street, Westover Road, James Street, and New Ludlow Road. Traffic delays continue along Route 20 in Brimfield.

11:45 A.M. – One-mile backup on Mass Pike westbound before Exit 5, eastbound backups have eased. Traffic remains heavily backed up on Memorial Drive, Fuller Road, Westover Road, Sheridan Street, and James Street. Delays increasing on New Ludlow Road.

11:00 A.M. – Delays continue on Mass Pike eastbound and westbound near Exit 5. I-291 eastbound and westbound slowed near Exit 6 (Fuller Rd.). Memorial Drive delayed Fuller Road to James St. Fuller Road, Westover Road, Sheridan Street, and James Street all heavily backed up. Delays on New Ludlow Road in South Hadley/Granby. Continuing delays through Brimfield Center on Route 20.

10:30 A.M. – Backups on Mass Pike eastbound and westbound near Exit 5 have eased somewhat. I-291 eastbound still backed up near Exit 6. Memorial Drive slow rolling and backed up from Fuller Road to James Street- police are directing traffic manually, rather than relying on traffic signals. Fuller Road backed up from I-291 interchange to Memorial Drive. Heavy backups continue on Sheridan Street, Westover Road, and James Street. Slow travel through Brimfield Center on Route 20 eastbound and westbound.

9:30 A.M. – Backups of 1.5 miles on Pike westbound near Exit 5, 1 mile on eastbound near Exit 5. Backup on I-291 eastbound heading to Exit 6. Fuller Road westbound backed up for entire length. Sheridan St. backed up from Fuller Rd. to Westover Rd. Memorial Dr. (Rt. 33) solidly backed-up from Sheridan St. north to Westover Road. Westover Road solidly backed up, with eastbound delays beginning on Granby Rd. before rotary. James Street backed up eastbound starting prior to rotary. Traffic continues on Route 20 in Brimfield Center.

9:10 A.M. – Short backups beginning on Mass Pike eastbound and westbound heading toward Exit 5 (Route 33, Chicopee) and on I-291 eastbound approaching Exit 6 (Fuller Rd.) Traffic backed up the entire length of Fuller Rd westbound. Additional traffic on Memorial Dr. (Route 33), Westover Rd. and Sheridan St. in Chicopee. Backups on Route 20 in center of Brimfield.

8:40 A.M. – Major highways clear, traffic starting to build on streets approaching Westover Air Reserve Base – Backups on Fuller Road, Sheridan Street, Memorial Drive (Route 33), and Westover Road. Backups on Route 20 in center of Brimfield.

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