SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s not hard to find a western Massachusetts driver who’s felt like they were going for a ride when driving over I-91 in Springfield.
“It literally really is a roller coaster and I have to go really slow and if I try to go fast my car is just hitting the bottom, hitting the bottom,” said Toiansanita Lowe from Springfield.
And MassDOT knows how bad it is too. Secretary Stephanie Pollack was in Springfield Wednesday to tour the area with Mayor Domenic Sarno.
“The deck of the bridge is just in terrible shape, people know that. We end up closing it all the time for emergency repairs. Not only are they costly, they’re more disruptive,” she said.
Phase 1 of the three-year reconstruction project has already started overnight. 91 is never going to be closed, but drivers are going to have to make do with one lane.
“First we have to fix the outer lanes a little bit so we can close the inner lanes and push people out. We’re also building a new ramp actually because exits six and seven are going to be closed sometime early next year,” Pollack added.
This phase 1, outer-lane prep work will all happen overnight for the rest of this year. Early 2016 is when you’ll begin to see daytime construction and lane closures.
If you’d like to hear more from Secretary Pollack about the project, watch 22News In-Focus this Sunday at noon. If you miss it, you can watch it in full online at WWLP.com.