SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Between on-going construction, narrowed lanes, and traffic, MassDOT is working to make your commute a little smoother on the elevated portion of I-91 South.
“The Dynamic Lane Merge System” uses a series of sensors and movable message signs to warn drivers which lanes to use and which to avoid as they approach construction. The sensors monitor speed, and the signs will alert drivers of accidents or traffic ahead. The goal is to improve safety and traffic flow in the work zone.
Justan Baker of South Hadley described the traffic over the viaduct as a hassle, telling 22News, “The rush hour seems to be locked up once in a while, but it never really stops.”
MassDOT is testing the system on I-91 South in Springfield. They anticipate drivers will be able to use “The Dynamic Lane Merge System” by the beginning of December.
Dianne Gold of Halifax, Vermont, said she has hope the system will reduce accidents and road rage. “I think it’s helpful,” says Gold. “I’ve seen these signs elsewhere and they’re helpful. It’s always helpful if you get a warning no matter what you’re doing.”
Construction is moving along. Stage 2 starts this winter, where construction will shift to the outer lanes of the deck, as drivers move to the inner lanes. Final paving and painting on all lanes will be finished by the Spring 2018.