The Massachusetts Department of Transportation as part of the planning for a major highway project in western Massachusetts is surveying commuters.
MassDOT wants to hear from people who travel on Interstate 91 to find out daily routes, arrival and departure times and parking locations. It is part of the planning for the 3-year $260 million reconstruction of the elevated portion of the highway through downtown Springfield. Springfield Chamber of Commerce President Jeff Cuiffreda says the online survey is a good first step toward minimizing traffic problems.
" It is a major undertaking, but I do think the DOT has through the years gotten this accelerated bridge construction down to a pretty good science."
During the project there will lane reductions and ramp closures, with local traffic diverted to surrounding city streets.