SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Construction on the Interstate 91 viaduct project has been delayed again. Tim Brennan of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission told 22News Tuesday that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation just notified them that the start of the project has been set back by another two weeks.
The contractor, Framingham-based JF White-Schiavone, needs to get the “notice to proceed” from the government in order to start the preparatory work. Brennan said this is a very complicated process and everything needs to be perfect in the planning stages.
Once the contractor gets the notice to proceed, there will be lots of prep work and we won’t see crews out on the deck of the elevated portion of I-91 until late summer or early fall, according to Brennan.
A Chicopee resident told 22News she’s upset they didn’t make repairs sooner, “…until it’s actually really falling apart. and that’s when they have to fix it. If they would just maybe do regular maintenance on these things maybe it wouldn’t happen where they have to totally shut the highway down,” said Gail Rozwadowski.
The contract is for a 39 month project, with monetary incentives to finish early and penalties if finished a day later than the 39 month timeline.