You’ll notice some delays and lane closures on I-391 in Chicopee and Holyoke while the construction crews work on repaving the highway.
Two projects on I-391 could create backups on your morning and afternoon commutes.
Paving started Wednesday on I-391 North between exits 2 and 3. MassDOT told 22News that lane closures are expected from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Commuters told 22News they’re happy to see the road being paved. MassDOT spokesperson Patrick Marvin told 22News the paving will take about three weeks.
“I’m glad it’s being paved it’s terrible,” said Joanne Martins of Chicopee.
Sharon Turcotte also told 22News, “It’s a price we pay but it’s going to be better.”
The bridge project on I-391 is happening simultaneously. This is causing lane closures from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will continue until August.
“It’s about time to do it because cars are messy when they go through there but the traffic is really bad right now,” said Yairitci Troche of Holyoke.
There will be delays on the bridge overlooking Route 116 in Chicopee until August while crews work on drainage. But, the work isn’t done then. The work picks up next summer when crews start repaving the entire highway.
“It needs to be done,” said Joanne Martins also from Chicopee. “You did give us warnings on the news that it was going to happen to kind of avoid the area, but I’m happy it’s being done.”
The last time I-391 was paved was in the summer of 2006 and cost more than $5 million. Repaving in 2019 will cost more than $7 million.