I-91 Reconstruction: MassDOT to hold public meeting Tuesday

Ramp closures will remain in place through the next phase.

I-91 at I-291 (Exit 8), Springfield
I-91 at I-291 (Exit 8), Springfield (MassDOT Traffic Cam)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – MassDOT is scheduled to hold a public meeting Tuesday in Springfield to discuss what’s next in the rehabilitation of the elevated portion of I-91.

Residents who have questions or concerns can attend the meeting at The Basketball Hall of Fame at 6:30 p.m.

Right now, MassDOT has closed multiple ramps and has crews working on the inside lanes. This phase of the reconstruction is scheduled to last through the Fall.

It’s not until then that we can expect to see a different phase in construction begin. Next, they will open the inside lanes to traffic and close the outer lanes to work on those. The ramp closures in place will remain in place during both phases.

Residents have been dealing with the lane and ramp closures that coincide with this reconstruction project since the beginning of the year. Many have changed their driving habits because of it.

“We try to avoid that, either work our way around on Rt. 5 in West Springfield or do it early when it won’t be backed up at rush hour.,” Steve Gross from Longmeadow said. “We’re far more sensitive to the rush hour thing now with that because it’s like a maze. It’s awful.”

It’s not until the Fall of 2017 that drivers can expect to see a lot of the I-91 on and off-ramps in downtown Springfield begin to reopen.

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