Big road projects about to get underway

22News wants to know what your concerns are as construction begins

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A number of big road projects are about to get underway that could complicate your drive.

Things are about to get interesting on the highways in our area as MassDOT prepares to get going on construction on the elevated section of I-91.  It will inevitably cause headaches on the road although drivers say, it’s worth it.

“I know pieces of 91 have been falling in various areas and I know when I drive over it, I’m not always comfortable with the up and down and the noises that I hear,” said Gale Flood of Longmeadow.

MassDOT is also getting ready for round two on the rotary in West Springfield which will shut down the Memorial Bridge and parts of route 5 next week, from Friday night to Tuesday morning.

While these big projects may negatively impact your drive MassDOT is hoping that they ultimately save you money in annual repair costs while increasing safety and accessibility on the roadways. On I-91 MassDOT will be replacing the concrete bridge deck and make other structural repairs.

A public hearing is scheduled for next Thursday that will give drivers a chance to have their concerns addressed, like how traffic will be managed.

“It makes me not want to come up here. I may stay home, or go somewhere else,” said Meriden’s Steve Goetz.

They’ll also talk about a proposal to improve its drainage system into the Connecticut River, lighting and the railroad.

The Public hearing is next Thursday, June 25th at 6:30PM at the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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