Drivers still concerned with traffic back-ups, accidents on I-91 in Springfield

Hampden County

Despite major repairs to I-91 in Springfield, major back-ups and frequent accidents continue to be an issue for drivers.

Although the deck replacement project has been completed, drivers say it’s still a dangerous stretch of road. 

Traffic often slows to a crawl on I-91 South, where three lanes merge down to two near the South End Bridge exit, and at busy times of day, this merge can cause big backups and accidents.

Massachusetts State Police had to close I-91 South in Springfield Friday due to a tractor-trailer rollover crash and fuel spill. It happened on I-291 West near the merger with I-91 South.

“The exits are really close together and some are really far apart,” Luigi Livera of Springfield said. “Like Exit 8, when you get off Exit 8, it’s like a turn away and if you are not sure exactly where it is you will miss it and I’ve missed it plenty of times going to work every day.” 

However, some drivers say the reconstruction has made driving through Springfield a lot easier.

“It’s improved a lot since the casino opened up,” Luke Pawlak From New Britain, CT said. “I remembered when that was announced it was very difficult commuting to work, but for me personally I feel like it has eased up a lot.”

MassDOT has said they are still considering another rehabilitation project.

They will look into making changes to the northbound side of the highway, at the notoriously dangerous Longmeadow curve, as well as access to the South End Bridge.

MassDOT plans to look into that project over the next 10 to 15 years.

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