The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced that Route 5 in West Springfield will stay closed until April 25 after crews found significant deterioration of the roadway underneath the surface.
The tunnel was closed Feb. 19 for the repairs. The initial repairs were supposed to take approximately six weeks.
After MassDOT crews removed the current road surface and replaced the concrete, deeper and wider patches of deterioration were found in multiple areas.
Vehicles will continue to be detoured off Route 5, and up the ramp to the rotary for Route 20 and the North End Bridge. Vehicles heading in both directions will travel through the rotary and rejoin Route 5 at the second rotary exit.
MassDOT encouraged drivers to allow for extra time when traveling through the detour and to be mindful of the additional vehicles traveling through the rotary.
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