SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – If you drive on I-91 in Springfield, you’re probably getting used to all of the closures. Another one started this week, and it could impact anyone who drives at night.
Crews are closing Exit 1A, from 291 West to I-91 South, every night this week from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. To get around the closure, you can take Exit 2B from 291, then follow signs and turn left on Dwight Street, and then turn right onto State Street. From there, it’s left onto West Columbus Avenue, and then stay to the left to merge onto I-91 South.
One driver who takes the elevated portion of I-91 every day told 22News all of these sporadic closures are becoming dangerous. Epi Sanchez of Springfield said, “The inner walls that close on the highway makes it a tighter squeeze, trucks taking almost two lanes. It’s not safe, I think it’s dangerous, I’m surprised there hasn’t been any major accidents.”
Crews have been demolishing the bridge deck on the elevated portion of the highway since February. We called MassDOT to find out how close they are to finishing that phase of the project. We’re still waiting for a call back.