MassDOT is moving forward with their plan to make further improvements to I-91.
The Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council is disappointed that MassDOT wants to maintain the elevated portion of I-91 in Springfield.
Council President Rick Sullivan told 22News they sent MassDOT their plan for I-91 that would drop the Springfield viaduct to ground level and move the highway closer to the railroad tracks.
Sullivan said lowering the highway would increase economic development and housing opportunities in the Riverfront area.
Sullivan told 22News, “We are really disappointed that they have said they won’t make a future investment for a transportation and economic development point of view in the I-91 corridor for years to come.”
MassDOT’s preferred plan costs $826 million and involves leaving the interstate as an elevated highway, and redesigning and rebuilding the Longmeadow Curve, and the Agawam rotary.
Sullivan said MassDOT seriously underestimated the cost of their proposed I-91 construction project. Sullivan said it would cost $3.5 billion.