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Interstate 91 Viaduct Reconstruction Said To Be Ahead Of Schedule

WAMC

        Work is ahead of schedule on a major highway project that has caused traffic tie-ups from time to time in western Massachusetts.

        Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said the contractor reconstructing the two mile-long I-91 viaduct in Springfield is currently on a pace that would see the project wrap up six months ahead of schedule.

        That would make the contractor eligible for a $9 million bonus.

        "That is great as far as we are concerned," Pollack said in Springfield Thursday. " We want to get off the viaduct as soon as we can. We know day-to-day there are some bad days for the drivers out here."

        Work on the project started last December with lane and ramp closures.  The $183 million contract includes financial incentives for finishing the job before August 2018.

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