Drivers still complaining about backups on I-91 in Springfield even after years of construction


Even after years of highway construction were finished last year, drivers are still complaining about backups on I-91 in Springfield.

Cars have to merge on 91 South near the Springfield/Longmeadow line, and it makes for a bottleneck.

Traffic often slows to a crawl on the stretch on 91 South where three lanes merge down to two near the South End Bridge exit, and at busy times of day, this merge makes for big backups. If there’s an accident in the area, drivers get caught in this spot for even longer.

A lot of people had Monday off for President’s Day, so there have been reports of backups on different parts of 91 South as people return from skiing. One driver told 22News, any part of the highway can be a problem during rush hour.

“Work hours, you know busy traffic. Not really on the weekends,” said Roberto Cortez, who reccommends avoiding I-91 when it’s congested with commuters. “Yeah take the back roads you know, avoid traffic. Unless you gotta go there to go to work or something.”

While the deck replacement project has been completed, MassDOT has said they are still considering another rehabilitation project.

MassDOT said over the next 10 to 15 years, they’ll look into making changes to the northbound side of the highway, at the notoriously dangerous Longmeadow curve, as well as access to the South End Bridge.

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