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Overnight Road and Exit Closures, December 15 and 17-21

MassDOT will implement the following overnight closures for final construction activities:

  • Exit 1A from I-291 West (to I-91 South): Friday, December 15, and Sunday, December 17, through Thursday, December 21, from 9:00 PM each night to 5:00 AM the following morning
  • I-91 South at the I-291 Interchange: Friday, December 15, and Tuesday, December 19, from 9:00 PM each night to 5:00 AM the following morning

Signs will be in place indicating the detour routes below.

Detour Routes

When I-91 North is closed at Exit 3:

  • To continue on I-91 North: Take Exit 3 toward Route 5 N/Route 57/East Columbus Avenue. Keep right at the fork toward East Columbus Avenue. Keep right to merge onto East Columbus Avenue. Continue straight on East Columbus Avenue for about 1 3/4 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 3 toward Route 5 N/Route 57/East Columbus Avenue. Keep right at the fork toward East Columbus Avenue. Keep right to merge onto East Columbus Avenue. Continue straight on East Columbus Avenue for about 1 3/4 miles. 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.

When Exit 1A from I-291 West is closed:

  • To reach I-91 South from I-291 West/Route 20 West: 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.

When I-91 South is closed at the I-291 Interchange:

  • To continue to I-91 South: Take Exit 8 towards I-291 East/Route 20 East. Take Exit 2 towards Chestnut Street. Merge onto Chestnut Street and keep right. Turn right onto Liberty Street and then turn left onto Main Street. Turn right on State Street and then turn left on West Columbus Avenue/Hall of Fame Avenue. Bear left after crossing Union Street, to merge onto I-91 South.
  • For downtown destinations: Take Exit 8 towards I-291 East/Route 20 East. Take Exit 2 towards Chestnut Street. Merge onto Chestnut Street and keep right. Turn right onto Liberty Street and then turn left onto Main Street.

Intermittent Single Lane Closures on East and West Columbus Avenue

Throughout Stage 2 (until February 2018), MassDOT will implement intermittent single lane closures on East and West Columbus Avenue between State Street and Clinton Street. The closures may occur between 7:00 AM and 3:00 PM, and occasionally overnight between 7:00 PM and 5:00 AM. They are necessary so the contractor can install shielding and for demolition work. No detour routes are required.

I-91 Lane and Ramps Reopened Ahead of Schedule

MassDOT reopened the following lane and ramps ahead of schedule in November and December 2017:

  • Birnie Avenue Connector on-ramp to West Columbus Avenue
  • Exit 6 off-ramp from I-91 South (to Union Street)
  • Union Street on-ramp to I-91 North
  • Exit 7 off-ramp from I-91 South (to Hall of Fame Ave/Downtown Springfield)
  • West Columbus Avenue on-ramp to I-91 South
  • Additional Lane on I-91 South
  • Additional Lane on I-91 North

The State Street on-ramp to I-91 North is scheduled to reopen on Thursday, December 21, 2017. Traffic heading to I-91 North should use the Union Street on-ramp until then. These ramps were closed in December 2015 for safety and operational reasons, and to expedite construction. They were originally scheduled to reopen in Spring 2018.

MassDOT permanently closed Temporary Exit 7-6 from I-91 South in November 2017. This temporary exit was opened in December 2015 to provide access during Stages 1 and 2 of construction.

The 40 miles per hour (MPH) reduced speed limit in the construction zone (and 45 MPH limit approaching the zone) will continue to be enforced by State Police monitoring the area and fines are doubled. These limits will be in place for the duration of the project. View a map showing where the reduced speed limits are in effect.

Other Restrictions

During construction, the north entrance to the North Parking Garage below the Viaduct is closed. The north exit remains open, but only right turns are permitted out of the garage, providing access onto East Columbus Avenue.

Traffic Mitigation

MassDOT has undertaken significant planning to improve traffic flow during the ramp and lane closures. Working with the City of Springfield, MassDOT developed detour plans and local improvements, as well as a comprehensive monitoring program of key corridors and intersections. Signs direct drivers to many Springfield destinations. The traffic plan is constantly updated based on ongoing monitoring. In addition, traffic mitigation includes:

  • Police details at critical intersections during peak periods
  • Monitoring cameras tied into the City of Springfield's system
  • Real Time Traffic Management System signage, known as RTTM
  • Incident Response Operations in case of a breakdown on the viaduct
  • Aid provided to emergency responders for efficient responses

Traffic Resources

  • Want to learn more about travel options in your area? MassRIDES is here to improve your commute, which can help you to be healthier, save money, and reduce your carbon footprint. Pick a day and try something different - even a few days a month can make a big difference! MassRIDES also provides reward opportunities for green commuters through our NuRide program. To learn more about MassRIDES, visit www.commute.com, call 1.888.4COMMUTE, or visit MassRIDES on Facebook or Twitter.
  • Visit the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority website to learn about public transit options.
  • View a map of Park & Ride Lots throughout the Commonwealth.
  • Check out other MassDOT Traffic and Travel Resources.
  • Find information for alternative modes of travel
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