SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- A portion of West Columbus Avenue is scheduled to be completely closed this week, but remained open Monday afternoon.
Drivers are already starting to feel the effects of the construction project for the elevated portion of Interstate 91 through Springfield.
Karen B., of Springfield said, “I think the construction is really a hassle and inconvenienve for a lot of the consumers and the residents of Springfield and I’ll be glad when it’s over.”
This week, Massachusetts Department of Transportation sent a news release that said they planned to close a portion of West Columbus Avenue from Hampden Street down to the Memorial Bridge, which is Boland Way. The MassDOT says its necessary to shutdown West Columbus Avenue to widen the roadway and make it safer for drives once the I-91 Reconstruction project is fully in progress.
During the West Columbus Ave. closure, drivers from Hampden Street can turn left on East Columbus Ave. Go right on Boland Way, and then go left to get back onto West Columbus.
Andrea Gomez, of Enfield, Connecticut said,”I think it needs to be done but it also throws off a lot of people. It throws us all of with the traffic and everything we need to go through.”
The North Parking Garage will remain open and overnight lane closures of I-91 North and South remain possible for reinforcing the outer lanes for traffic in the future. The entire I-91 Reconstruction Project is expected to be completed between February and August of 2018.