SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Driving on the elevated portion of I-91 in Springfield can be frustrating to say the least. This week, it could get even worse for some drivers.
Crews are expected to close one lane on I-91 North during the overnight hours. That means for a 2 1/2 mile stretch, drivers will be forced to squeeze through one lane instead of two.
The closure will start on Union Street on the elevated portion of I-91 in Springfield and it’ll stretch all of the way to Exit 9B.
Hadley resident Christian Dmavis told 22News he doesn’t think the closure will cause any traffic problems since it’ll take place during the overnight hours. “I really think it’s a well-placed project, and it’s at night so it’s not going to affect regular citizens going back and forth, up and down the highway, so I’m all for it,” he said.
Crews will shut down the left lane of the I-91 North, from 9PM to 5AM. The temporary closure will be in effect every night, from Sunday through Thursday.
Rosie Hernandez of Springfield told 22News, she’s already dreading it. “That’s going to be a little hectic with one lane. I was driving Northbound last night with the two lanes open and it was crazy, never mind with one lane open. I can only imagine, even from 9 to 5, people still travel at those times,” she said.
The lane closure is a part of the second phase of the I-91 reconstruction project. Phase 2 started less than a month ago, and is estimated to last for the next two years.
That means drivers will have to get used to two more years of lane and ramp closures, an issue that’s already been tying up traffic.
Christopher Beaulieu of Holyoke said all of the lane and ramp closures have already tied up traffic on a daily basis. “It’s actually been very inconvenient. It takes a long time for me to come from Holyoke, near the mall, all of the way over here, in Springfield” he said.
The temporary lane closure will only remain in effect this week while crews install barriers on the Northbound side of the highway.