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I-91 Springfield viaduct project ahead of schedule


Tuesday, January 02, 2018

SPRINGFIELD — Crews and contractors have reached the full beneficial use milestone for the $148 million I-91 Viaduct Rehabilitation Project approximately nine months ahead of schedule, meaning that the majority of construction work is now completed and motorists can enjoy the full benefits of this project, as lanes of travel and nearby ramps are all open.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation made the announcement of the project’s progress earlier this week.

This major construction project has involved replacing the existing deck of the viaduct that carries traffic on I-91 north and southbound in Springfield. Work has also included safety improvements at the I-91/I-291 interchange, bridge drainage enhancements, installing pavement markings, constructing concrete sidewalks and wheelchair ramps on local roadways, installing curbing, and landscaping.

“We are proud to have reached this milestone for the Springfield I-91 Viaduct Project nine months ahead of schedule,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, in a press release. “We thank drivers for their patience during construction and have appreciated the collaboration of members of the local business community, civic leaders and elected leaders as necessary work has involved lane detours and other impacts during the construction project.”

“We are pleased with the great work of our MassDOT Highway Division crews and contractors in reaching this milestone early so that the majority of construction work has now been completed,” said MassDOT Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “Our operations were carried out quicker than expected thanks in part to the cooperation from the traveling public and we thank the contractor and our crews for reaching this point in the project so that drivers now have an easier time traveling through this location.”

The achievement of the full beneficial use milestone means that only short-term, temporary lane closures will be necessary to complete the minor remaining work which includes painting, final paving operations, installing traffic markings, and underdeck lighting work.

Recent traffic milestones on this project have included opening the State Street on-ramp to I-91 northbound ahead of schedule on Dec. 18, 2017. An additional lane of I-91 northbound was also reopened on Dec. 8, giving traffic access to travel on all lanes.

A separate construction project in the area south of the I-91 Viaduct that involves replacing the bridges that carry I-91 over Union Street and Broad Street is also ahead of schedule. All lanes of traffic for this project will be opened in summer 2018.

For more information about the I-91 Viaduct Rehabilitation Project, please visit the website at www.mass.gov/massdot/I91ViaductRehab