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Potholes Close Tunnel Along Route 5 Through Sunday


WEST SPRINGFIELD (WGGB) — West Springfield Police are urging drivers to avoid the area of Route 5 near the North End Bridge Saturday, as the tunnel will remain closed through Sunday night.

They say potholes have caused several flat tires and created a large back-up on the north and southbound side of Riverdale Street. Police and AAA service crews spent much of Saturday afternoon attending to the affected cars.

That section of Route 5 will remain closed, as crews work to repair the potholes.

Police say the rain has exacerbated the problems with potholes, while puddles make them harder for drivers to see them.

They’re asking drivers to avoid that area as best they can, until the back-up is cleared.

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