Lane shift on I-91 southbound to begin next week

Exit 9 expected to re-open next month

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A new section of Interstate 91 will be opening as soon as next week. It is the section of I-91 southbound just south of Exit 8. That is where the southbound travel lanes merge from two down to one.

Continuing Coverage: Interstate 91 Reconstruction Project

According to MassDOT, traffic in the single lane will be shifted from the outside lane to a newly-constructed inside lane. This will allow crews to complete demolition of the outer lanes.

There will still only be a single lane of I-91 southbound open to traffic before traffic from I-291 westbound merges to form an additional lane.

The traffic shift is expected to happen next Thursday, May 18.

On the northbound side, Exit 9 is expected to re-open by the end of June. Exit 9 allows traffic to turn from I-91 northbound to Route 20 heading toward the North End Bridge, or toward Main Street.