Connecticut Day at Big E means heavy traffic in Agawam & West Springfield

Many drivers using Routes 75 and 159 through Agawam to reach fair


AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – The Big E continues to celebrate its 100th anniversary with Connecticut Day Wednesday. Historically, that means a lot of traffic in West Springfield, Agawam, and points south.

Will Rivera, of Hartford, Connecticut told 22News, “Heard that it’s Connecticut Day so I said lets go to the Big E and check it out.”

Every year, Connecticut Day draws big traffic from our neighbor to the south. Many vistors feel the have to stop at their state building.

Erik South, of Plainville, Connecticut said, “Because we’re Connecticut pride you know we’re celebrating us so lets make it on a day that makes it worth it.”

The best routes to the Big E fairgrounds

Many people traveling up from Connecticut will use Routes 75 and 159 through Agawam, and that can cause a traffic headache for those in town. Last year, there was so much traffic that Agawam school buses ran two hours late.

You should also expect delays on the South End Bridge, on Route 5 northbound between Agawam and West Springfield, and on Memorial Avenue heading toward the fair.

Typically, thousands will travel up Interstate 91 north to try and take the Memorial Bridge, but this year, you will have to use the South End Bridge, due to the ongoing construction on I-91.

Alright you’ve made it through the traffic, you’ve parked the car, and now it’s time to enjoy it. Despite a couple hours stuck in the car, families said it was worth the wait.

Erik South, told 22News, “The traffic was absolutely terrible unfortunately the merging didn’t work out in everybody’s favor however it didn’t take too long to get here because we are only coming from Connecticut and it was definitely worth it.”

Police will be in the surrounding communities to help get traffic moving along. It is all about getting on the road early, but if you are headed to the fairgrounds, they are asking for patience.

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