SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – There is some much-awaited good news for drivers traveling on Interstate 91 in Springfield!
At 9:00 Monday night, the Birnie Avenue connector on-ramp to Hall of Fame Avenue (West Columbus Ave.) will re-open for the first time since it was shut down for construction in 2015. This is just the first in a series of ramps re-opening throughout the week.
Drivers told 22News they are looking forward to these changes.
“Even coming over here to get on, I gotta drive all the way down Columbus, go all the way towards West Springfield just to get on..turn
around and come back to get where I need to go,” said Travis Tart. “For me that saves me about half an hour worth of driving.”
Also at 9:00 Monday night, temporary Exit 7-6 from I-91 southbound is permanently closing. This will be temporarily inconvenient for drivers, as permanent Exit 7 will not re-open until Saturday. To get to the Memorial Bridge, MassDOT is detouring drivers off at Exit 11 from I-91 South, down Birnie Avenue to the ramp leading to Hall of Fame Avenue.
On Tuesday, the Exit 6 off-ramp from I-91 southbound will re-open, and the on-ramp from Hall of Fame Avenue to I-91 southbound will also re-open on Saturday.
Then on Friday, the Exit 6 off-ramp on the northbound side of I-91 will also re-open.
Beginning on Saturday, drivers will also notice an additional lane open on I-91 southbound.
These re-openings are happening ahead of schedule. MassDOT had not initially expected to complete these changes until early next year.