It’s been a dangerous stretch of western Massachusetts highway for years; the Longmeadow Curve on I-91.
MassDOT is planning to spend $200 million to reduce the number of accidents at the Longmeadow Curve.
Most western Massachusetts drivers know just how tricky it is to drive through the Longmeadow Curve on I-91 north.
The curve has been the site of numerous deadly car accidents over the years. It can be especially dangerous for drivers merging onto I-91 north from Longmeadow.
“I have to say it’s kind of scary I know I kind of just kind of gunned my engine and just went for it because it’s hard to make that transition from one lane to another,” said Denise Jordan of Springfield.
MassDOT is planning to spend more than $800 million to improve the Longmeadow Curve, as well as the I-91 viaduct in Springfield and the Agawam Rotary.
“All of that supposedly works as a system but it’s a flawed system,” said Tim Brennan, executive director at PVPC. “It’s been a flawed system since it was created decades ago, so this is a chance to do some straightening out.”
MassDOT’s recommended improvements to the Longmeadow curve includes reducing the number of on and off-ramps around the Longmeadow Curve and re-aligning the highway.
MassDOT hasn’t said when they plan to begin work on the Longmeadow Curve, but they said once they start, construction will take four to six years.