SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– Drivers who use Birnie Avenue in Springfield to get to I-91 should be ready to allow some extra travel time to your commute starting Monday.
Birnie Avenue from Arch Street to the ramps is scheduled to be closed starting during the afternoon of Monday, October 5, and remain closed into the early wintertime, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.
The closure is all part of the ongoing rehabilitation project on the elevated portion of I-91 through Springfield.
MassDOT said that the section of road that connects Birnie Ave to I-91 will be closed while a temporary off-ramp is built to carry drivers over the next few years of the project. Drivers will still be able to use Birnie Avenue and Route 20 westbound to get toward West Springfield.
MassDOT says that in addition to detour signs, there will also be a temporary traffic signal installed at the intersection of Rt. 20 and the I-91 southbound off-ramp.
The following are detour options around this road closure:
- To downtown Springfield: Take Arch Street to Main Street, then Main Street to Liberty Street and East Columbus Avenue. Then take Emery Street to West Columbus Ave. and continue onto East Columbus Ave. Then turn right on Boland Way, and back onto West Columbus Avenue.
- To I- 291 from Birnie Ave.: Turn left onto Arch Street, then take Main Street to Liberty Street. From there, you can turn left onto Chestnut Street, where you’ll then be able to access the ramp.
- To get to I-91: Go north on Birnie Ave. and turn onto Wason Ave. Then take Main Street to Center Street in Chicopee, and get onto the ramp to I-391 southbound. I-391 then merges into I-91 southbound.