Long Wait for Drivers Exiting the Mass Pike in West SpringfieldSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A number of drivers today and into this evening were stuck in traffic on the Massachusetts Turnpike going westbound as they waited to get off at Exit 4.
ABC40 started receiving calls just before 5:00 p.m. about the traffic back-up at the West Springfield/I-91 South exit and when 8:00 p.m. came around we we’re still getting reports from drivers about it.
The Westfield State Police barracks on the Mass Pike told us it was caused by all the weekend traffic and that they were seeing the same thing in Sturbridge as well. When we asked police if it had anything to do with the newly re-instated tolls, we were told that might have something to do with it, but that mainly it was because of the weekend.
However, it appears to have been a combination of the two as multiple drivers told us they waited because of the tolls. Some even reported an hour long wait to exit and one person told us it took them 20 minutes to go one mile.
EZpass customers weren’t able to get through easily either because the pay lanes were so full and they couldn’t get by.