SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The rehabilitation project to the elevated I-91 viaduct causing several closures through Springfield may only be a temporary solution.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation said they are now discussing what can be done with this portion of the highway for more of a long-term fix.
Thursday night, city leaders and business organizations met with MassDOT to go over the possible options. The meeting was the fifth in a series of meetings dedicated to this topic.
Project leaders said one goal is to try to change I-91 so that it would no longer block the view of the riverfront from downtown, allowing streets to connect with the riverfront at ground level.
Not all options include a big change. Leaving the highway elevated as it is now and making repairs every so often is also on the table.
Other options include raising the elevated section of highway even higher, and the opposite, digging a tunnel for an underground highway through Springfield. More possibilities include moving the railroad over the river to West Springfield and moving the highway itself over the river to Agawam and West Springfield.