HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - The entrance ramp onto to I-91 south, at exit 15, has been closed for about 2 months. The owner of the Shell Gas station, next to the closed ramp, is using the electronic sign outside his store to show his frustration.
"We're getting no answers and I just feel like I'm fighting a losing battle," Neil Tierny, the owner of the gas station told 22News. He is upset and said the closed ramp has caused him to loose about 40 percent of his business.
He started using the flashing red sign, usually used for advertising, to urge residents to reach out to city officials about a month ago.
"Everyone is affected, businesses, residents, but basically now the summer is gone as far as business because the people that are traveling are not going to know when this exit opens," Tierny said.
The entrance ramp onto I-91 south is on Lower Westfield Road. It has been closed for about 60 days.
To get around the ramp and onto I-91 or the Mass Pike, drivers have to detour onto Riverdale Street, which is getting congested with all the rerouted traffic.
"An otherwise 10 minute commute home to my house is now a 40 minute trip basically because Riverdale Road is now one lane and it's just backing everything up," Tim Wright from Longmeadow explained to 22News about his frustration.
Larry Lawson, another frequent commuter, said the detour is a hassle and he thinks that it probably isn't good for businesses in the area.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation told 22News that weather has been the main reason for the delay on the project. They also explained a large portion of the construction project is done, but that they also plan to begin night work soon on that section in hopes to get it done faster.
The D.O.T said they plan to have the ramp opened again within the next two weeks weather permitting.