I-91 Construction In Springfield Winding Down After Two Years

Nov 11, 2017

Detours created because several ramps to I-91 were closed in December 2015 will soon end. The ramps are to reopen this month as the reconstruction of the elevated portion of the highway through downtown Springfield nears an end.
Credit WAMC

There is relief coming soon for people often stuck in traffic or forced to take detours because of the reconstruction of Interstate 91 through downtown Springfield, Massachusetts.

MassDOT said an additional lane on I-91 southbound along with multiple ramps that have been closed since December 2015 will reopen before the Thanksgiving holiday – months ahead of schedule.

The contractor on the $183 million project, JF White/Schiavone, can earn a bonus of up to $9 million for finishing early, as noted by MassDOT head Stephanie Pollack.

" They intend to get every dollar of those incentive payments and that is great as far as we are concerned," said Pollack during a  2016 interview.

MassDOT said most of the remaining construction work on the Viaduct Project will be done during off-peak traffic hours with temporary lane closures.