Speed limits to be reduced on I-91 for viaduct project - Western Mass News - WGGB/WSHM

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Speed limits to be reduced on I-91 for viaduct project

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Map depicting speed changes along I-91 beginning Tues. Aug. 18 (Western Mass News image) Map depicting speed changes along I-91 beginning Tues. Aug. 18 (Western Mass News image)
SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

We have a traffic alert for all drivers.  Starting Tuesday, new speed limits will be enforced on Interstate 91 for the viaduct rehabilitation project through downtown Springfield.

While many drivers we spoke with about these speed reductions along I-91 groaned, MassDOT said that it's important to slow down and proceed with caution during construction. 

"I just have to leave a little earlier, I guess," said Eileen Manley of Springfield.

The speed limit will be reduced from 50 to 45 - or 40 - miles per hour, depending on the area of the work zone you are in.  These changes have left some drivers in Springfield upset and reluctant to travel along I-91 during construction. 

"40 miles an hour?!  I have places to be.  I ain't gonna get there if I'm going 40 miles per hour," said Joshua Quiroz of Springfield.

However, some drivers we spoke with do understand the importance of slowing down and using caution within the work zone.

"I think people should slow down and respect what we're trying to do with the city.  I think that it's safe for those guys working," said Dwayne Kelly of Springfield.

Speed will be reduced to 40 miles per hour on I-91 northbound between Route 20/Plainfield Street and southbound to Broad Street.

The speed limit will also be reduced to 45 miles per hour approaching the viaduct.

MassDOT said that these restrictions are necessary for this major infrastructure project. 

"It makes things a little slower, but they gotta do what they gotta do to get the work done," Manley said.

MassDOT added that fines for speeding will be doubled in the work zone.

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