Progress being made at Mass Pike exits

Work is running ahead of schedule in western Massachusetts

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Construction crews are getting ready to pave Exit 5 on the Mass Pike in Chicopee this week.

There’s an end in sight to the toll demolition project. According to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the project will reach the full beneficial usage stage by November 30.

The full beneficial usage stage means that there will still be some landscaping and cleaning up from construction, but drivers will be able to experience the full benefits of the project without construction crews in the way.

Mass Pike Exits 3 and 4 are already in the full beneficial usage stage.

Currently, construction crews are milling Exit 5, and will be paving it Thursday and Friday. At Exit 7 in Ludlow, crews are installing lighting and will be doing a full-depth excavation next week to prepare for paving there. Crews are also doing a full-depth excavation at Exit 8 in Palmer this week and will begin paving next Monday.

Even though there’s more traffic now, drivers say it will be worth it in the end.

“I think it’s better,” said Jack Crowley, of Chicopee. “You can zip through faster now without having to wait for someone to take your money or a speed pass is good too, but as far as construction goes it’s a bit of a pain but you know we gotta get through it all.”

All of the construction within District 2 is ahead of schedule. District 2 consists of Exit 3 in Westfield, through Exit 8 in Palmer.