SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is scheduled to close I-91 North at Exit 6 overnight into Saturday morning.
The closure will begin at midnight and last until 5:00 a.m. Saturday. According to MassDOT, signs will be in place instructing drivers to use the following detours:
- To continue on I-91 North: Take Exit 6 toward Downtown Springfield. Merge onto East Columbus Avenue. Continue north on East Columbus Avenue for about a mile. Merge left to take the ramp to I-91 North/Route 20 West/Exit 9B. Keep left to enter I-91 North.
- For I-291 East: Take Exit 6 toward Downtown Springfield. Merge onto East Columbus Avenue and continue straight. Turn right onto Liberty Street. Proceed to the third traffic light and turn left onto Chestnut Street, then turn right onto the ramp to enter I-291 East.
MassDOT said the closure is required for contractors to deliver materials to the work zone.
Drivers can expect delays and are reminded to follow the reduced speed limits.
Some Springfield area drivers told 22News that they won’t go near I-91 downtown until the renovations are finished.
“Just too much congestion, too many back ups, so I just travel Columbus Avenue instead, and it seems to be just as quick and I get there without any hassle,” Felix Pepper of East Longmeadow said.
It will be one year next month since the renovations and resulting lane closures began. MassDOT expects the viaduct work to be finished by the spring of 2018.