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Springfield I-91 Viaduct BannerMassDOT is pleased to announce that an additional lane on I-91 south and multiple ramps that were closed for the I-91 Viaduct Rehabilitation Project in Springfield will be reopening ahead of schedule. MassDOT and the contractor expedited the project schedule to reopen the ramps ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

“Although more work remains to be done, this is a milestone moment for the I-91 Viaduct Rehabilitation Project,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack.  “The fact that these ramps and an extra lane will reopen before the busy Thanksgiving holiday travel week means that it will be much easier and less stressful for drivers to get through the project to their destinations.  The acceleration of this project has exceeded our initial schedule and will help to minimize traffic impacts and reduce the overall construction duration.”

“The opening of the ramps as outlined in this announcement is a major step in bringing the Viaduct Project closer to Full Beneficial Use status,” said MassDOT District 2 Highway Director Patrick Paul. “Going forward, for the most part, the remaining Viaduct Project work will occur during off-peak traffic hours under temporary lane closures. I am very proud of the project team, our contractor, JF White/Schiavone, and on behalf of MassDOT would like to thank them all for their dedication and hard work. We have also appreciated the patience and support of Springfield city officials in helping to bring the project to this point, well ahead of schedule.”

The following lane and ramps will reopen next week:

  • Birnie Avenue Connector on-ramp to West Columbus Avenue: Monday, November 13, at 9:00 PM
  • Exit 6 off-ramp from I-91 South (to Union Street): Tuesday, November 14, at 5:00 AM
  • Union Street on-ramp to I-91 North: Friday, November 17, at 5:00 AM
  • Exit 7 off-ramp from I-91 South (to Hall of Fame Ave/Downtown Springfield): Saturday, November 18, at 5:00 AM
  • West Columbus Avenue on-ramp to I-91 South: Saturday, November 18, at 5:00 AM
  • Additional Lane on I-91 South: Saturday, November 18, at 5:00 AM

The Temporary Exit 7-6 off-ramp from I-91 South will be permanently closed at 9:00 PM on Monday, November 13. The temporary traffic lights for Temporary Exit 7-6 and Route 20 eastbound will also be deactivated and removed at this time. The temporary exit was opened in December 2015 to provide access during Phases 1 and 2 of construction.

The State Street on-ramp to I-91 North is currently scheduled to reopen in January 2018. These ramps were closed in December 2015 and were originally planned to be closed through Spring 2018.

Temporary Detour from I-91 South to Memorial Bridge (Nov. 13-18):

Once Temporary Exit 7-6 is closed on November 13, traffic should temporarily use the following signed detour route from 9:00 PM on November 13 through 5:00 AM on November 18 to reach the Memorial Bridge from I-91 South:

  • Take Exit 11 from I-91 South and continue on Birnie Avenue. Keep left at the fork and follow signs for Hall of Fame Avenue/West Columbus Avenue. Continue on Hall of Fame Avenue/West Columbus Avenue. Turn right onto the Memorial Bridge.

Vehicles should use Exit 7 from I-91 South to reach the Memorial Bridge once it reopens on Saturday, November 18, at 5:00 AM.

During this transition, there will be changes to traffic patterns that will result in traffic entering and exiting I-91 at ramps that haven’t been used since before construction began. Those traveling through the area should follow the reduced speed limits and use caution.

In addition to the I-91 Viaduct Rehabilitation Project, MassDOT would like to remind the traveling public that ongoing work will be occurring on I-91 south of the Viaduct. Bridge work will continue under a separate contract for structures over Union Street, Broad Street and Main Street.

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