SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Demolition work on the elevated portion of I-91 is set to begin on Wednesday.
It shouldn’t cause any additional lane closures, but if you work in downtown Springfield, it could get noisy.
Keep in mind, this lane has been closed since December in preparation for the demolition.
MassDOT told 22News demolition of the left northbound lane will begin Wednesday and continue through next April. From there, crews will continue demolishing the rest of the bridge deck through next summer.
Starting Wednesday, the work will take place every week from 7 AM to 5 PM, and 4PM to 12AM, Monday through Friday.
This portion of the reconstruction project could get noisy at times, but MassDOT said the contractor is taking steps to reduce the noise.
Crews will install noise curtains around the construction zone, and self-adjusting back-up alarms in their trucks.
MassDOT said the alarms will help reduce the noise of heavy trucks and equipment.
MassDOT said drivers should continue to plan ahead for delays, especially on Sundays. MassDOT said drivers coming from Vermont and New Hampshire could tie up traffic.
Many drivers take I-91 southbound when they come back from trips up north to places like New Hampshire and Vermont.
MassDOT says since the elevated portion of I-91 in Springfield is under construction, they’re expecting the seasonal travel to cause significant delays on Sunday afternoons.
MassDOT is also reminding drivers that the speed limit in the construction zone is now 40 miles per hour. They said state troopers will be monitoring the construction zone on Sunday’s.