SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Drivers have been running into ramp closures and detours on Interstate 91 in Springfield for the last year, and it looks like we’ll see a smoother ride soon.
Once Phase 2 begins, drivers going northbound will be able to use the newly reconstructed upper deck. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation said the I-91 renovation project is 3 months ahead of schedule, and you can expect a shift in traffic when Phase 2 begins next month.
MassDOT Resident Engineer Ralph Romano told 22News, “Traffic coming from I-291 will be riding on the new deck. Traffic coming from 91 south, heading south, will be riding on the old deck for probably about a third of it, before they transition unto the new deck.”
Exits 6 and 7 will remain closed to traffic until the end of the next year.
You can expect some help once the “Dynamic Merge” system is in place, which uses sensors and moveable message signs to warn drivers of restrictions and traffic delays. MassDOT plans to launch the system by the end of December.