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Crews close part of West Columbus Ave. in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Detour signs are in place and construction equipment is ready to go as crews work to widen West Columbus Avenue and make traffic safer once the viaduct rehabilitation comes.

Those who work in the area say the closure is an inconvenience, but it could be worse.

"It hasn't been too bad. I come in early to avoid it and stay late to avoid it," said Scot Lambert of Westfield. "It's tough getting on and off the ramp with the traffic because there is more traffic, changing lanes, all that jazz."

The closure takes effect Monday. It's near the Memorial Bridge between Hampden Street and Boland Way. 

"With the construction, its been kind of difficult. I have to plan my route out and plan my day. I kind of try to avoid that. I mean, sometimes, I'm stuck to travel within the city instead, but it definitely has thrown a monkey wrench in my day," said Andre King of Springfield.

The first phase of the I-91 viaduct project began a few weeks ago. Crews have been working to improve intersections and make repairs to the bridge deck.

King says its been rough. Especially because he and his friends ride motorcycles.

"Especially with me driving a motorcycle, with the road being bumpy. There's been a couple incidents between cars and the road. Its made it difficult," said King. 

The best way to get to West Columbus Ave near the Memorial Bridge is from Hampden Street. Take a left onto East Columbus Avenue and then take a right on to Boland Way.

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