SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Driving through downtown Springfield on I-91 during rush hour can be frustrating as it is, but when an accident happens the traffic gets even worse.
Thursday a crash happened near Exit 11 on I-91. It caused a more than 6-mile back up that stretched all of the way into Chicopee.
“I work my way around 91, Its a nightmare, i had another vehicle that didn’t have A.c in it. I just upgraded but it was torture with the heatwave and all that this summer,” said Frank Santana of Springfield.
Traffic is normally much further backed up the right lane but mass dot officials actually want drivers to use both lanes up until the point where you’re forced to merge.
Some drivers will go as far as blocking both lanes to stop people from using the left lane, state police is asking drivers not to do that.
MassDOT recently installed barriers on I-91.They separate the lanes on I-91 from I-291, and are supposed to keep drivers from merging onto I-91 at the last minute, but several cars have already driven into the new barriers.
“It’s going to be hectic for a while and we just got to deal with it, its progress like anything else, We got to enjoy the ride and there’s a lot of jobs and employment so it helps other people here,” said Tony Bonello, who was visiting Springfield.
Starting in November, electronic signs will monitor traffic on 91, then tell drivers the best route to take, based off of accidents and traffic jams.