Overview of short & long term I-91 construction goals

State leaders are considering more construction 15 years down the road

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – MassDOT held another public meeting Tuesday night at the UMass Center in Tower Square in Springfield. The public was given the opportunity to weigh in on recommendations of a conceptual study that has been taking place alongside the reconstruction project.

Over the past year, crews had shutdown the inner travel lanes of I-91 North and South for deck reconstruction. At the end of November they started Phase 2, shifting traffic on the northbound side to the inner lanes to work on the outer lanes. The same will be done to the southbound side in another couple weeks.

Traffic will still come to a pinch to one lane on 91 south where it meets with I-291, and Exit 9 will remain closed until 2018. The project is expected to be complete by January 2019.

Continuing Coverage: I-91 Reconstruction

The drive between Springfield and the Connecticut state line often involves traffic and backups, especially near the exit for I-291. That’s why MassDOT launched a study to identify existing issues and to evaluate alternatives.

One of the issues they addressed was the elevated section of I-91. They said it acts as a physical and visual barrier between downtown Springfield and the Connecticut Riverwalk.

Ethan Britland, the Project Manager of the I-91 Viaduct Study, told 22News, “After we’ve actually set up lines on maps and connections, and looked at different types of infrastructure, we start to run our modes to see how they function operationally.”

Some of the alternatives the state is considering includes, moving sections of the highway underground, some possibly above ground, and improving the interchanges. They stressed this is just a study, to see if reconfiguring the highway would save money and improve traffic flow.

As the state continues to gather research, they are holding public information meetings to keep you informed, and to address any questions or concerns you might have. Click Here to see when there will be another meeting near you.