SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Falling concrete is causing problems underneath I-91 in Springfield. The 22News I-Team discovered the state's plan to fix it.
We're talking about the parking garage near the court house in downtown Springfield. When you're standing on the upper level of the parking garage, you can feel the vibration from the cars on I-91.
A large section of that parking garage is taped off, as there is concrete falling from underneath the highway. There are metal grates in some places to protect people and cars.
One woman who parks there told 22News it's dangerous. "Not only for my car....me. Bodily harm to us, anything could happen."
A MassDOT spokesman told 22News they're aware of the issues. They are continuously inspecting the deck and completing repairs as needed. They're also installing the metal shielding to prevent damage or injuries.
This garage connects to the I-91 Viaduct in Springfield, the 2.5 Mile stretch of elevated highway over downtown Springfield. MassDOT spokesman Mike Verseckes said in a statement, "The rehabilitation of the Viaduct is a top priority and plans to advance a fix are close to being finalized."
MassDOT selected Milone & MacBroom this month to provide alternatives to just repairing the Viaduct. They are currently in contract talks, but once they agree to terms, the evaluation period could take at least one year.