If your morning commute normally takes you through East and West Columbus Avenues in Springfield, you might want to plan ahead for the next couple of weeks.
MassDOT told 22News, they plan to completely close West Columbus Avenue for about two weeks through mid-November. MassDOT crews plan to paint the structural beams beneath the elevated highway, so you won’t have access to a section of West Columbus Avenue during that work.
The 24/7 closures are required for structural steel painting beneath the elevated section of I-91.
MassDOT will also close single lanes on both East and West Columbus Avenue, during the day and overnight this month, for bridge drainage installation, painting, and barrier work.
“Road closings and detours are inevitable when your driving,” said Gerald Smith of Agawam.
Unwelcome news for drivers who use the Hall of Fame exit from Interstate 91 southbound, to access downtown Springfield.
It’s just the latest round of closures that some drivers are used to.
“When we know the road closing is already going to happen and been announced,” said Smith. “We try to sit down, give ourselves some extra travel time and come up with a couple alternate routes for ourselves. “
During the closure, you’ll need to take exit seven off I-91 south to access West Columbus Ave., the Hall of Fame or even Route 20.
After that, take the left onto Boland Way, into downtown Springfield.
MassDOT’s spokesman Patrick Marvin told 22News the $148 million Viaduct Project is almost complete.
He also said drivers will deal with occasional day-time and overnight lane closures on East and West Columbus Ave. between State and Clinton streets through mid-November.
Marvin added that this project was not included the work that needed to be completed prior to the opening of MGM Springfield.