I-91 construction update: Birnie Ave. onramp closed, more ramps to close soon

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The overnight construction along I-91 has now finished for the day and all lanes there have re-opened to traffic. Nightly lane closures for overnight work started in July and is scheduled to continue each week from Sunday through Thursdays, throughout the fall.

It is also important for drivers to remember that the speed limit on the elevated portion of the highway is lowered, and is posted at 40 miles per hour. Fines are doubled for drivers going faster than 40 MPH, because that particular section of highway is a construction zone.

Drivers on I-91 through Springfield are also continuing to deal with large bumps in the road, which they can expect to last until the winter.

The latest addition to the traffic changes in and around I-91 is the closure of the Birnie Avenue on-ramp.  That ramp closed Monday and is expected to remain so into the winter.

Click here for a look at where traffic will be detoured.

Upcoming ramp closures include southbound Exits 6 and 7, as well as the onramps from State Street and Union Street.

Also still to come will be the daytime lane closures that will be in place during the major construction phase of the project. One of the three lanes of the elevated highway will be shut down at all times while the old bridge deck is dismantled and replaced with a new one. That work is expected to begin this coming winter, and last for at least two years.

Remember to stay with 22News and WWLP.com for the latest updates on traffic changes, due to the I-91 reconstruction project.

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