Road projects underway in western Massachusetts

You can expect some delays starting in May on Route 5

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Route 5 in West Springfield has been a disaster for years; it is a mess and it certainly does need work.

Pothole problems continue to plague Route 5, some of them are big, they’re deep, and they can cause a lot of damage.

John Paine of Agawam said, “I know people that actually wound up with $800 to $900 worth of damage to the front end of the cars because of it.”

However, relief could be in sight. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation put signs up along Route 5, letting drivers know that overnight roadwork will take place starting May 1st.

John J. Fitzgerald of Longmeadow said, “I’m very happy to see them start. Not only is it going to improve the roads for drivers, but it’s going to create some jobs for people.”

22News also wanted to give you an update on the Interstate 91 reconstruction project in Springfield. Crews started paving the new section of highway, which caused some extra traffic on West Columbus Avenue on Thursday.

MassDOT said the majority of the elevated highway project should be completed earlier than expected. In May of 2018 drivers should be able to have full use of the new highway.

For that Route 5 construction, the roadwork starts at 6:00 p.m. and runs until 6:00 a.m., prime travel times. So you can expect some delays starting in May.