CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Drivers have noticed more potholes on the 4 mile stretch of I-391. It’s a short but bumpy ride from Chicopee to Holyoke, and unfortunately, it won’t get smooth any time soon.
“It is really bad, especially as people are trying to go around the pot holes,” says Jessica Hamilton of Holyoke. “It’s honestly getting worse and worse.”
UnfortIt won’t get better for another 2 years, at least. The state department of transportation says construction to resurface I-391 won’t begin until fall of 2018. Construction will extend into 2019, consisting of bridge and deck resurfacing along a 4-mile stretch of I-391.
“I’m glad they’re doing the work, I just wish it was a little faster,” says Jack D’Amato of Chicopee. “There’s a lot of undulations. It’s just a mess.”
According to the MassDOT, the project would cost roughly around $11 million. $10 million would be federally funded, and the $1 million left would be paid by the state.
391 was last resurfaced ten years ago in 2006, but NOT the bridges and decks. That’ll all be taken care of during the renovation scheduled to start in late 2018. Drivers, like Hamilton, say a 2 year wait is 2 years too long. Tires have been blown hitting these potholes at high speeds.
Hamilton told 22News, “He hit a really steep pot hole where it was all cracking and it blew out the tire completely. When are we ever going to get a break? Or, why couldn’t they prevent this from years ago?”
The MassDOT says there will be some patches and repairs made before the project starts. The MassDOT says if you notice any major potholes on 391 to call them at 877-623-6846.