Live Blog: Tracking Sunday traffic backups in WMass

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – 22News is working for you, tracking traffic conditions across western Massachusetts for a series of major events today, including the Great New England Air Show and a series of graduations.

6:00 P.M. – Westover Street is still seeing backups, although traffic is lightening. Sheridan Streeet has fully cleared. Memorial Drive is also seeing reduced traffic, with mostly light patches of traffic in the area of Westover Road.

5:30 P.M. –  Sheridan St. in Chicopee has cleared, with light delays closest to Westover ARB. Westover Road is still facing thick traffic leading away from the base, and lighter traffic heading towards the base. As a result of traffic leading away from the base, traffic in the Memorial Drive rotary connecting with Granby Road and Westover Road is facing delays, with thick traffic heading into the rotary from Memorial Drive southbound.

5:00 P.M. – There are major backups on all roads leading to and away from Westover ARB, where the Great New England Air Show has wrapped up. This traffic is spilling onto Memorial Drive, which is seeing backups at the Memorial Drive and Granby/Westover Road rotary. The entire surrounding area is experiencing patches of light traffic. Chicopee Police are asking drivers to be courteous and patient as their officers help keep traffic moving.

4:00 P.M. – Major highways remain clear. Light traffic remains all along Westover Road, and on parts of Sheridan St near Westover ARB. Patches of thick traffic on Memorial Drive, including backups at the Memorial Drive and Granby/Westover Road rotary, particulary in the southbound lane. Traffic exiting the Mass Pike at the exit 4 West Springfield/I-91 interchange is also experiencing a backup to the exits from either direction.

3:00 P.M. – Major highways are clear. Slight traffic on Westover Road and New Ludlow Road, near the Westover ARB gate entrances.

2:05 P.M. – Major highways are clear. Heaviest traffic is on Westover Road and New Ludlow Road, near the Westover ARB gate entrances.

1:35 P.M. – Backups on the Mass Pike, eastbound and westbond, near Exit 5 have cleared. Traffic on I-291, Fuller Road, Granby Road, and James Street have also cleared. There is still some traffic heading towards to base on Westover Road, Cheridan Street, West Street, New Ludlow Road, and East Street. The backups on Memorial Drive are clearing up.

12:30 P.M. – Traffic on the Mass Pike eastbound is still backed up from the I-91S ramp near Lower Westfield Road in Holyoke to Exit 5 in Chicopee. The traffic on Fuller Road, Granby Road, James Street, and certain parts of Memorial Drive are starting clear, The traffic on I-291 is also starting to clear.

11:10 A.M. – Traffic backed up on the Mass Pike (Toll Road) eastbound from the Connecticut River to Exit 5.

10:30 A.M. – Heavy backups on the Mass Pike, eastbound and westbound, near Exit 5. Backups on I-291 eastbound from Exit 4 to the Fuller Road Exit. All of Fuller Road is completely backed up, with traffic also starting on Shawinigan Drive.

The following roads have heavy traffic:

  • Sheridan Street is backed up from Old Fuller Road to the base
  • Granby Road is backed up from Grattan Street to Memorial Drive
  • Memorial Drive is backed up from Fuller Road to New Ludlow Road
  • Westover Road is backed-up from Memorial Drive to the base
  • James Street is backed up from 9th Avenue to the base
  • New Ludlow Road is backed up from Memorial Drive to South Street
  • Fuller Street to West Street to East Street is backed up with traffic until South Street

9:35 A.M. – Traffic building on New Ludlow Road from Memorial Drive (Route 33) to East Street, and on East Street, traffic is building from New Ludlow Road to Taylor Street.

9:10 A.M. – Heavy traffic building near Exit 5 on the Mass Pike heading towards Memorial Drive. Traffic also building on Granby Road between Grattan Street and Memorial Drive, and traffic is backed-up on Memorial Drive from Fuller Road to James Street.

8:50 A.M. –  Major highways clear except for Interstate 291 where traffic is heavy between Exit 5 and the Fuller Road Exit. Traffic building on streets approaching Westover Air Reserve Base – Backups on Fuller Road, Sheridan Street, Memorial Drive (Route 33), and Westover Road.


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