Crumbling Roadway Draws Attention from Transportation Secretary
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)- With concrete falling from the Interstate 91 viaduct, the upper level of a downtown Springfield parking garage remains closed.
Today the state’s Transportation Secretary, Richard Davey, saw the dangers of the viaduct with his own eyes.
“It’s totally unacceptable, it’s not safe, it’s potential revenue hit to the city of Springfield,” says Davey.
This location was the last stop on Secretary Richard Davey’s tour today, but it is on the top of the priority list.
“The I-91 viaduct is really the poster child for neglect of transportation infrastructure,” Davey says. “It is several hundred million dollars, but I’m on the record saying we have to do it, we have no choice.”
It is the largest transportation project in Western Massachusetts history. For years there has been no funding to complete the project. Crews have been sent to patch up the problems, spending 2 million dollars a year on a quick fix.
A permanent solution for the entire I-91 project is in the works. The viaduct was included in the Transportation Finance Bill enacted over the summer. Now we just wait on the House and Senate to move on the Bond Bill. This allows money from the bill to actually be spent.
This likely won’t happen until about Thanksgiving. Overall, the hope is to establish a plan of action to move forward by the end of the year.