SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has updated their wintertime construction timeline of the I-91 rehabilitation project.
MassDOT and I-91 project contractor Joint Venture, White-Schiavone, announced their winter construction plans for the decking on the I-91 Viaduct. The next phase closes I-91’s two inner-most lanes, those furthest to the left on both the north and southbound sides.
MassDOT District Director Richard Masse told 22News, “When we start the major construction which is to remove and replace the inside lanes of the deck, then all of the lanes will be pushed to the outside, the right side, where we are doing those repairs right now.”
Those repairs are the bumpy milled out sections on the right side. They should be flattened by December. The inner lanes should be finished by late 2016. Depending on where you are on I-91, lane closures will be reduced to 2 lanes or even 1 lane. The MassDOT says during this phase of construction, drivers should add about 10-15 minutes extra to their commute, depending on where their destination is.
Some on- and off- ramps will also close between I-91 and downtown Springfield. This includes the southbound off-ramps to the Memorial Bridge, Boland Way, and Union Street. Northbound on-ramps from Union Street and State Street will also be closed.
Residents who remember when the viaduct was first built, like William Greenhouse of Springfield, don’t mind the construction changes. “91 was brand new and it was just opening, so it’s interesting to me to see how this (Q) goes in terms of urban development,” says Greenhouse.
The 40-mile per-hour speed be in place for the duration of the project.
The opening of MGM Springfield has already been delayed by nearly a year because of the I-91 project.