SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Roadwork on the elevated portion of I-91 is expanding to the Northbound direction now. Drivers know this work needs to be done to fix the road, but they’re not looking forward to detours and longer drive times.
“Wave a magic wand and make it all happen and go away in an eye blink that would be very nice,” said Robert Hoffman of Longmeadow. That would be nice, but it’s not that easy to permanently repair the patchwork of problems on the elevated portion of Interstate 91 in Springfield. Our 22News Skycam has been monitoring work each night. We got new video Tuesday of the construction on I-91 South.
“Massachusetts is tough because there are so many frost heaves and potholes that happen so I think it’s a necessary construction that needs to be done but I think inevitably people are going to get frustrated. It’s like a main artery of Massachusetts when it comes to highways.”
Now, every Monday through Thursday night, you can expect one lane of traffic closed in each direction from 7 to 10 at night. After 10, they’ll close two lanes overnight until five the next morning.
In Phase 1 of this three-year project, they’ll be focusing on reinforcing the outside lanes of the elevated portion of I-91. That’s to accommodate more traffic as they close down the inside lanes to first replace those. Since the project began July 12th, most roadwork has been limited to the overnight hours. But, drivers are anticipating the daytime work that could delay daily commutes 10 minutes each way.
“Traveling north is going to be a great problem in the future so we’re very concerned about that. Our son lives in Springfield so to visit him will be difficult and going North to Northampton is going to be a real issue,” said Hoffman.
The project is expected to be complete between February and August of 2018. There will be rewards for each day the contractor can finish ahead of schedule, and penalties for each day they work past the deadline.