Route 116 in Chicopee reduced to one lane in each direction for safety


CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) –  Route 116 in Chicopee is down to one lane after a MassDOT paving project last week.

MassDOT said reducing Route 116 to one lane and the addition of bike lanes will help make this stretch of road safer for both drivers bicyclists.

Route 116 in Chicopee is a state-owned road and provides drivers access to I-391 North and south. 
MassDOT reduced this stretch of 116 from two lanes to one and installed new pavement markings and bicycle lanes last week.   

One Chicopee driver told 22News the new lane lines have made it difficult for vehicles trying to enter Route 116 from the highway.

“Cars should allow us to cross over there are only two little strips here but there are a lot of cars that zoom on by and expect you to halt and let them go,” Nereida Santos said.

Acting Chicopee DPW Superintendent Elizabeth Botelho told 22News Route 116 was in poor condition, so they asked the state to repave the road and make repairs.  

She hopes reducing traffic to one lane will decrease speeding, which has been a problem on Route 116.

MassDOT said they will be back to re-pave the markings on Route 116 in the spring.

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