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Springfield I-91 Viaduct BannerOn Sunday, November 27, at 6:00 PM, MassDOT expects to begin Stage 2 of construction for the I-91 Viaduct Rehabilitation Project.

During Stage 2, traffic on the I-91 Viaduct will be shifted from the outer lanes to the center, newly reconstructed lanes. Traffic on I-91 North will shift in November and traffic on I-91 South will shift in mid-December. Construction will then move to the low-speed travel lane and shoulder portions of the viaduct, along with the I-91 northbound on-ramp to I-291 East. The ramps closed in Stage 1B will remain closed during Stage 2.

Learn more about Stage 2 in the new Project Fact Sheet.

I-91 Northbound Traffic Shift and Shutdown, Nov. 27

I-91 northbound traffic will be shifted to the inner lanes beginning with a right lane closure on Sunday, November 27, at 6:00 PM. MassDOT will close I-91 North at Exit 6 from 9:00 PM that night to 5:00 AM on Monday, November 28. This closure will allow crews to pave the roadway, conduct barrier work, and paint pavement markings to prepare for Stage 2. Signs will be in place indicating the following detour routes:

To continue on I-91 North: Take Exit 6 toward Downtown Springfield. Merge onto East Columbus Avenue. Continue north on East Columbus Avenue for about a mile. Merge left to take the ramp to I-91 North/Route 20 West/Exit 9B. Keep left to enter I-91 North.

For I-291 East: Take Exit 6 toward Downtown Springfield. Merge onto East Columbus Avenue and continue straight. Turn right onto Liberty Street. Proceed to the third traffic light and turn left onto Chestnut Street, then turn right onto the ramp to enter I-291 East.
Northbound traffic will have access to the center lanes of the I-91 Viaduct once this closure is complete on Monday morning.

Long-term Closure of Exit 9 on I-91 North, Starting Nov. 27

MassDOT will also close Exit 9 (for Route 20 West/Route 20A East) from I-91 North on Sunday, November 27, at 9:00 PM. The exit closure will remain in effect through spring 2018. Traffic on I-91 North will be instructed to follow the below detour routes:

For Route 20 West (towards West Springfield): Take Exit 10 for Main Street/Route 116. Take a sharp right onto Main Street/Route 116 and turn right onto Bradford Street. Continue onto Plainfield Street/Route 20.
For Route 20A East: Take Exit 10 for Main Street/Route 116. Take a sharp right onto Main Street/Route 116 and turn left onto Carew Street/Route 20A East.
Detour routes and maps are posted on the Traffic page of the project website.

Closure of Exit 1A from I-291 West to I-91 South, Nov. 28 & 29

After northbound traffic is shifted, crews will begin preparing for the southbound traffic shift, which is scheduled to occur in mid-December. Exit 1A from I-291 West to I-91 South will be closed overnight for paving operations on Monday, November 28, and Tuesday, November 29. The closure will take place from 8:00 PM each night to 5:00 AM the following morning.

Signs will be in place indicating the detour route:

Take Exit 2B on I-291 West and follow signs for Dwight Street. Turn left on Dwight Street, then turn right on State Street. Turn left on West Columbus Avenue/Hall of Fame Avenue, and bear left after crossing Union Street, to merge onto I-91 South.

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