HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - A closed highway ramp is causing problems and confusion around the Holyoke Mall. 22News discovered when its going to re-open.
MassHighway crews are doing work on a bridge on Interstate 91 at Exit 15. The I-91 Southbound ramp at Exit 15 is expected to remain closed until early July.
The exit ramp has been closed for close to a month. Drivers are pulling dangerous U-Turns and traffic this weekend was backed up with drivers trying to find alternate ways home. Some drivers compared the backup to Christmas week at the mall, others just called it a pain.
"It adds another 15-20 minutes on your commute. You have to go through stop lights, you have to go through the mall traffic and everything. It's a pain", says Agawam's Kyle Desorcy.
Neil Tierney owns the Shell gas station near the exit ramp. He told 22News his business has gone down by 40% since the ramp closed. He's owned the gas station for 25 years and says he was never told about the ramp closing.
We'll continue to get more answers from the MassDOT about why the ramp needs to be closed and provide any updates if it will open earlier than expected.