SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Drivers may finally experience less traffic on Interstate 91 in Springfield in the coming months.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has a plan to reduce traffic near the construction zone, called the ‘Dynamic Merge System.’ It’s scheduled to take effect within the next few weeks.
The new system will include electronic signs, which will be in place along the highway to help direct drivers through the construction zone. The signs will monitor traffic through a computer program, then tell drivers the best route to take. It will base those directions off of factors, including car accidents and traffic jams.
MassDOT said tests for the ‘Dynamic Merge System,’ are being finalized, and the system should be up and running by the end of the month or early December.
Drivers have been dealing with traffic near I-91 in Springfield since since the I-91 reconstruction project first began. Crews are rebuilding the bridge deck on the elevated portion of I-91 in Springfield, which has been deteriorating for years.The project, which still has more than a year left before it’s finished, has forced crews to shut down lanes, and several on and off-ramps, which has caused significant traffic.
This new system will get underway as crews prepare to start Phase 2 of the I-91 reconstruction project. That phase is expected to begin by the end of the fall.