I-91 Springfield road work improving, still causing unexpected delays

Hampden County

Overnight closures on I-91 opened later than MassDOT originally predicted.

Flashing lights, cones and lane closures, something many drivers who travel Interstate 91 have encountered on a daily basis for quite some time.

On Wednesday, MassDOT announced overnight closures would go into effect on I-91 north and south from 7 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. Thursday, but northbound closures re-opened later than planned, making Uber driver Lance Williams’s job more difficult.

“You have fares, especially on that morning commute to get them to work, that extra stop and go creates tension,” said Williams. ” We’re expected to have that workaround but there is none.”

But drivers including Williams were pleased to see that a third lane had been re-opened on I-91 Northbound Thursday morning. 

Although I-91 has been under construction for the last three years, not every driver thinks these projects have been that inconvenient.

“It’s not Manhattan, you got other ways you can get around,” said D.L Stephenson. “There’s plenty of ways to get around so get off the highway a few exits up and drive into Springfield, no big deal.”

I-91 Southbound will be shut down Thursday starting at 7 p.m. and is expected to re-open at 5:30 a.m. Friday. Drivers will be directed off the highway at Exit 6 and detoured through West Columbus/Hall of Fame Avenue. 

Drivers can get back onto I-91 southbound at the Interchange 3 on-ramp.

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