Closure of ramp to I-91 south is to improve drainage

Drivers have to cross South End Bridge, go through rotary to enter I-91 southbound

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A ramp closure on Interstate 91 in Springfield could tie up morning traffic for the next two weeks.

We have seen several closures on the highway in Springfield since the three-year reconstruction project began, but we found out that this latest closure is actually an entirely separate project.

Crews closed the Exit 3 onramp on West Columbus Avenue in Springfield Monday. That is right before the South End Bridge. A spokesperson for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation told 22News that workers are improving the drainage system there, which is expected to take about two weeks.

The closure started Monday, and will continue through Friday from 7:00 A.M. through 3:30 P.M., which impacts the morning commute. Springfield drive Laconia Fennell said it would have been more convenient if they had scheduled the closure at a different time.

“It’s going to take a little longer to get to work, so I guess I’ll have to get up a little bit earlier. Overnight would be better, just because there’s so much traffic in the morning,” Fennell said.

To get around the closure, you can head south on West Columbus Avenue, then keep right at the fork to merge onto Route 5. Cross the South End Bridge over the Connecticut River, and then get off on Route 57. From there, look around the South End Bridge Rotary, and then back over the bridge. You can then merge onto I-91 southbound.

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As for the Interstate 91 reconstruction project, MassDOT says that the contractor is a month ahead of schedule right now.

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