Stage 2 in I-91 Reconstruction Project starts Sunday

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- The lanes on the elevated portion of I-91 in Springfield will be shifting starting this weekend.

Stage 1A of the project started in July 2015,  with preemptive repairs.  Stage 1B started around the holidays last year, where crews shutdown the inner tavel lanes of I-91 North and South for deck reconstruction, while the shoulders and breakdown lanes have been used for traffic.

George LaPan, of Enfield, Connecticut said, “Over the last year it’s actually moved along pretty fine. No real problems. At least when I’ve been taking it anyways.”

In Stage 2, north and southbound traffic will be shifted into the center, newly constructed lanes, while construction will shift to the outer lanes. From 9 o’clock Sunday night to 5 o’clock Sunday morning crews will shutdown I -91 North to start. To prepare for stage 2 crews will be paving, painting and putting up barriers for drivers. On Monday morning drivers will find they have access to the center lanes going north, but no longer have access to exit 9 which will be closed until the Spring of 2018.

“It hasn’t bothered me at all. I don’t think there will be too much problem really. I’m sure they’ll take care of things,” John Mankowsky, of West Springfield said.

The southbound traffic lane shifts are scheduled for mid-December. Exit 1A from I-291 West to I-91 South will be closed Monday into Tuesday for preparations.

A second public information meeting on long term plans and a recent study for improvements to I-91 is being held by the MassDOT at 6 o’clock on December 6th at Tower Square.