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I-91new_speed_limits-page-0As major construction advances in Springfield for the I-91 Viaduct Rehabilitation Project, MassDOT urges drivers to slow down and use caution in the work zone. In August, MassDOT lowered the speed limits on the I-91 viaduct to ensure the safety of drivers and construction workers.

You should note that speed is reduced from 50 to 40 MPH in both directions on the viaduct, approximately between Route 20/Plainfield Street (northern limit) and Broad Street (southern limit). The speed limit drops to 45 MPH as you approach the 40 MPH construction zone. You can also see a map showing where the new speed limits are in effect.

Massachusetts State Police are stationed throughout the work zone to enforce the new speed limits. If you are caught speeding in the work zone, you face a doubled speeding fine. Depending on the violation speed – you could be making an expensive trip. During a recent work shift, a State Police Work Zone Speed Enforcement Team issued 35 citations. If you are found to be going 10 MPH over the posted speed limit in the work zone, your fine could be at least $200, plus $20 for each MPH above the initial 10 MPH. You can read more about speeding fines in Chapter 2 of the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles Driver’s Manual.

The I-91 Viaduct Rehabilitation Project Team thanks you for slowing down and keeping safety a top priority!

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