If you drive through I-91 in Springfield then you know your commute is still being impacted by lane closures. Several sections of I-91 North and South in Springfield will be closed overnight on Wednesday and Thursday.
The $11.5 million highway resurfacing and bridge repair project has closed lanes on both I-91 North and South, and added construction on bridges over Union and Broad Streets.
MassDOT Spokesman Patrick Marvin told 22News all lane closures will re-open once the entire I-91 project is completed, but one driver worries this will cause major headaches during the upcoming holiday weekend.
“It’s gonna be a nightmare I feel,” said Felicia Dills. “I don’t think that they’re ready for that at all.”
Marvin said I-91 northbound will be closed and all traffic will be directed off the highway at Exit 3 in Springfield from 7 p.m. Wednesday until 5:30 a.m. Thursday. The detour route will use East Columbus Avenue. Traffic will be able to re-access I-91 at the on-ramp North of Union Street.
I-91 southbound will be closed and all traffic will be directed off the highway at Exit 6 in Springfield from 8 p.m. Wednesday to 5:30 a.m. on Thursday and from 7 p.m. Thursday to 5:30 a.m. on Friday. The detour route will use West Columbus/Hall of Fame Avenue. Traffic will be able to re-access I-91 at the Interchange 3 on-ramp.
Signs and messaging will be in place to notify drivers of detours.
Marvin said all lanes on I-91 North and South are expected to be re-opened by the completion of the project this summer.
“That’s right around the time school goes back into session, I’m not looking forward to it,” said Roland Richardson. “You’ll definitely have to leave early if you have to travel to work.”
MassDOT encourages drivers to reduce speed and use caution when traveling through the area.