SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Labor Day weekend traffic took a toll on some drivers in Springfield Monday evening.
The construction on the elevated portion of Interstate 91 can add a couple extra minutes during normal commuting hours, but with so many people headed back home from the three day weekend, the time added up.
Springfield Police tried to help diverting traffic to the temporary exit down Main Street, but some drivers got caught up in the traffic lights or construction there as well.
Patricia Brown, of Springfield said “I-91 on the holiday weekend was terrible, it was backed up traffic. I mean it’s already congested because of the construction, but it was worse it was way worse. This was a weekend to stay home.”
This fall the inner lanes are expected to re-open to drivers while the outer lanes will close for construction. The on and off ramps that are closed will remain closed.
The $175.8 million construction project on I-91 through Springfield is expected to last another two years.