Exit 7-6 closed, but planned detour to downtown Springfield opened 11 hours late

An extra lane on I-91 Southbound will reopen this weekend.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- Drivers trying to get to downtown Springfield Tuesday morning may have had a tougher time getting there from I-91 Southbound.

Temporary Exit 7-6 permanently closed Monday night at 9pm, but the detour to downtown Springfield via Birnie Avenue to West Columbus Ave. did not open at 9pm as expected. After 22News contacted Mass DOT Tuesday morning the planned detour to downtown Springfield finally opened close to 8am, 11 hours later than scheduled. The detour is required, because Exit 7 to downtown Springfield and the Memorial Bridge will remain closed until this weekend.

According to MassDOT Spokesman Patrick Marvin:

“Due to weather and an updated schedule of operations, saw cutting in this area took place last night. This necessitated heavy equipment to utilize this ramp and for safety reasons the ramp was kept closed…”

Exit 6 to the Basketball Hall of Fame opened early Tuesday morning for the first time in almost two years.

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