South End Bridge re-opened after sign structure taken down

Bridge was closed in both directions

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Traffic was flowing freely on Route 5 from Springfield to Agawam, late Friday afternoon, but there were still issues getting from Agawam to Springfield when only one lane was open.

Crews from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation were working most of Friday fixing an overheard sign structure failure.

According to Massachusetts State Police Media Relations, one of the metal poles that supports the entire gantry separated from its welding and was leaning on a utility light pole.

MassDOT crews used bucket trucks with the help of a winch from Interstate Towing to assess, remove and repair the gantry, with wraps around the entire bridge, even underneath.

As you can imagine, the closure of the bridge made it difficult to get around. Eugene Grazia of Agawam told 22News, “I was coming back from the MassMutual Center and it was just ridiculous to get over the bridge. Being in Agawam, I live right off Route 57 on Meadow Street so I’m dealing with Six Flags traffic and the construction. It’s just been a complete nightmare.”

MassDOT originally thought the bridge would be closed until Saturday. Traffic was backed up for hours on I-91, Route 57, and Route 5 as drivers detoured over either the Memorial or North End Bridge.

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