Memorial bridge shutdown impacting local businesses

SPRINGFIELD, Mass ( WWLP) – Drivers, be on the lookout for some major detours around the Memorial Bridge this weekend.

If you use the Memorial Bridge or Rt 5 in that area these detours will likely affect you this weekend.

Starting tonight at 10-o’clock, the bridge will close in both directions and stay closed until 5 am Tuesday morning.

Upgrades to the rotary will also close Rt. 5 North between the North End and South End Bridges for the weekend.

The manager of one business on Memorial Avenue told 22News last month’s detours didn’t affect business, and he expects the same this time around.

“A lot of our customers are very loyal. Not all of our business comes from in town, but even the ones that don’t there’s multiple ways to get to us from other directions,” says Justin Parzychowski of Westside Tire & Auto Service in Springfield.

Here’s a look at some of those detour options:

Drivers can use Rt. 57 to get to Rt. 147 or use I-91 or East or West Columbus Ave to the get around the closures.

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