SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Downtown Springfield is beginning to look a lot like a big construction zone! As you enter the downtown area, you either see casino construction or highway reconstruction. It is a headache for drivers, which is expected to last a little while longer.
That is because the reconstruction of the raised portion of Interstate 91 has entered Phase 2. Thursday was the first day of the new lane shift on I-91 south, near the split-off for I-291.
The outer lanes have been blocked-off, so traffic has shifted to the center lanes. Signs have been posted to let drivers know, but the shift can take some people by surprise. 22News spoke with Springfield residents who drive this way every day.
“It’s been really tight. Traffic has been slower, it’s hard to get through. It’s slowing-up the whole highway,” Jovanne Guzman of Springfield said.
“Well, I’m a driver, and sometimes we stop in the traffic for a long time,” Juan Sanchez of Springfield said.
Traffic on the northbound side was shifted in November. In addition to the new lane shifts, some exits remain closed.