WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A lane closure on the eastbound side of the Massachusetts Turnpike in Westfield, caused traffic back up, Friday evening.
All eastbound traffic was squeezed over to the breakdown lane at mile-marker 42.3 in Westfield.
State Trooper Eric Baumann told 22News an expansion joint popped out of the road surface just before 4 p.m. this afternoon.
Five cars were disabled with flat tires after they hit the metal bar that rose out of the road.
Trooper Baumann said MassDOT repair crews removed a four hundred pound bar, and leaving a gap across the travel lanes of the eastbound side.
He said the backup extends back for miles.
The expansion joint failed on the East Mountain Road overpass, which is between Exit 3 in Westfield, and Exit 4 in West Springfield.
Trooper Baumann said the repairs will take until midnight at least.