SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Big changes coming to the I-91 reconstruction project. 22News found details about what drivers can expect in the future.
The next phase of construction will begin Sunday evening. Drivers can expect a shift in traffic and some delays.
Phase two of I-91 reconstruction project is scheduled to start Sunday evening at 6. During Phase 2, the inner lanes of the highway will reopen, and the outer lanes will close, while crews work. From 9 o’clock Sunday night to 5 o’clock Sunday morning crews will shutdown I-91 North to work.
Ralph Romano of MassDOT said “Traffic coming from I-291 will be riding on the new deck. Traffic coming from 91-south will be on the old deck, for about a third of it, before transitioning to the new deck.”
Drivers will have an up-close look of the newly rebuilt bridge deck. Crews will start rebuilding the outer lanes of the highway, along the on-ramp to I-291 East. Drivers should expect delays.
A Douglas Blair of West Springfield told 22News, he avoidsI-91 at all cost. Blair said “I avoid it because of the traffic and all the nuisance that goes along with it. I rather go on the side streets and take a little longer and just avoid the problem.”
With the phase change, comes a traffic shift and a long term closure of exit 9 on I-91 north, which will remain closed until Spring 2018. Exits 6 and 7 will remain closed until the end of the year.
MassDOT told 22News, crews are 3-months ahead of schedule. The entire project should be complete by January of 2019.