SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The right-hand/outside lanes of i-91 through Springfield is the section drivers have been avoiding because of the bumps. Soon that lane will be your only option when the next phase of construction begins.
This summer drivers got a taste of what’s to come during the 3 year project to fix the elevated portion of interstate 91 in Springfield.
Mass DOT plans to close the two inner-most lanes this winter, both north and south. The outside lane, with large milled patches will be the only travel lane during this construction phase.
“Drivers will need to add additional time to their commute, along with the lane closures you can also expect to see multiple on and off ramps closed during this time.”
In addition to the I-91 lane closures, southbound exits 6 and 7 will be closed and a temporary ramp just north of exit 8 will provide access to downtown Springfield. On the northbound side, they’ll close the on-ramps from both state and union streets.
“The roads around this area are pretty rough, so I guess if we have to endure a little bit more pain to get some good at the end then I’m all for it. I just trust that they’re out doing things for the right reasons,” said Dean Strong who commutes to Springfield.
The speed limit will stay at 40 miles per hour until the project is complete.
“I’m not happy about it but hopefully when they are done it’s hopefully going to have big benefits,” said Michael Donskoy of Longmeadow.
This fall, the hours of construction vary but generally run Sunday to Thursday, from 6 or 7 at night until 5 in the morning. There will only be Friday and Saturday construction when necessary.