What’s next for the I-91 reconstruction project?

Traffic to move toward inner lanes of the highway, while outer lanes are worked on

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It has been nearly a year since drivers began dealing with construction going through Springfield on Interstate 91, and the next phase of the project is expected to start this winter.

Stage 1A began in July 2015, with preemptive repairs, and work to prepare for the actual construction. Currently, Stage 1B is underway, which has included the closing of the inner travel lanes of I-91 north and south for deck reconstruction, while the shoulders and breakdown lane are used for traffic.

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Commuters have become accustomed to the delays caused by the lane restrictions.

“It moves along once in a while, but when the five o’clock traffic comes it’s just backed up and all that,” Michael Barton of Ludlow said.

In the forthcoming Stage 2, north and southbound traffic will be shifted into the center, newly-constructed lanes, while construction will shift to the outer lanes.

All lanes are expected to be re-opened by the spring of 2018, when temporary exits will also be removed. Finishing touches will continue through the fall with painting and final paving.