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Posted: Nov 28, 2005 - 4:38 PM GMT

They better get the bridge done in time for the full swing of the ski season. I spent 1 hour in that mess yesterday.
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Posted: Nov 28, 2005 - 5:01 PM GMT

Me too. Ain't gonna get done that quickly I don't think, however. Will be doing Rt. 100 south of Ludlow and then down through Colrain, MA, to Greenfield until it does get fixed. Life's too short for that 10 mile stop and go traffic jam.
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Posted: Nov 28, 2005 - 5:19 PM GMT

You can avoid most of that by skiing Berkshire East!

And all of it if you get off at Exit 24 and take 5&10 North to Route 2. And visa versa.

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Posted: Nov 28, 2005 - 9:18 PM GMT
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If heading to central MA:
Not exactly sure which bridge you are referring to, but if it is after the first exit coming down (route 91), take the route 9 exit and follow it east to Keene NH, then head toward Winchendon MA, Route 12 I think (past Cheshire fair grounds) Out of Winchendon follow MA101 South toward Templeton. If you stay on 101 you will come to route 2. If it is that bridge, take the Route 5 exit just before Greenfield and follow it south to route 9.

There are ways to get around the highway through Greenfield too.

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Posted: Nov 28, 2005 - 11:00 PM GMT

I think they're referring to the bridge on I-91 in Greenfield, MA, or at least that's how I took it (been stuck there once a few months ago, never again if I can help it!)

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Posted: Nov 28, 2005 - 11:14 PM GMT

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I think they're referring to the bridge on I-91 in Greenfield, MA, or at least that's how I took it (been stuck there once a few months ago, never again if I can help it!)

OMG, thanks for finding my error. I forgot the 1 after the 9 in parenthesis and it ended up being route 9 rather than 91. I did know that, sorry

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Posted: Nov 29, 2005 - 1:31 AM GMT

It is on I-91 just south of the southbound on-ramp from the US Rt. 2 traffic circle in Greenfield.

I suspect that going up on Friday night the northbound lane will be bad too. I always travel very early Saturday or Sunday morning, so that part of the trip is not a problem for me.
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Posted: Nov 29, 2005 - 3:19 AM GMT

Could you just take Route 5 once you get to Deerfield, go north through Greenfield, hop on 2 west to I-91 north? Don't know if it'll save any of you time, but it may be worth a shot.
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Posted: Nov 29, 2005 - 12:17 PM GMT

So this traffic jam doesn't effect the Rt. 2 to Rt. 91 traffic, does it?
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Posted: Nov 29, 2005 - 2:32 PM GMT

It affects the merged portion of Route 2 and 91.

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Posted: Nov 29, 2005 - 7:38 PM GMT
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Is this the construction of the railroad bridge? If so, here's the skiny on it and progress reports from Mass Highway. Looks like it's still got a ways to go.

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Posted: Nov 30, 2005 - 11:17 AM GMT

I got the impression from this thread that traffic that either exits or enters I-91 from or into Rt. 2 isn't delayed exept when the traffic travelling South on I-91 backs up north of the interchange.
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Posted: Nov 30, 2005 - 12:26 PM GMT

I think the only way you're actually somewhat exempt from traffic is if you get onto I-91 Northbound at Exit 26. There is traffic on all other exit 26 on and off ramps as it is one lane leading up to or after them.

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Posted: Nov 30, 2005 - 12:54 PM GMT

Please, could you edit that last post and make it sensible?
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Posted: Nov 30, 2005 - 5:37 PM GMT

This could be good news for VT skiiers who don't use that road, it might keeps the crowds down. Of course the resort operators may not share this view.
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Posted: Nov 30, 2005 - 6:37 PM GMT

Thanks JSVITS for starting this - its good info.

I am a bit confused though.

Is this traffic jam both North and South bound?

Where exactly is it in relation to the exits?

Travelling south, the second exit in Mass is #27, which is where Rt 2 heading Eastbound breaks off from I-91.

The next exit is #26, which is the main Greenfield exit (with the circle) and where Rt 2 Westbound breaks off from I-91.

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Posted: Nov 30, 2005 - 7:18 PM GMT

What's happening is they're rebuilding the bridges (currently one lane during this work) that go over the railroad tracks. The tracks go under 91 just south of Exit 26. Thus,

Friday afternoons esp. for northbound there is a backup that goes toward Exit 25 (yes, thats 8 miles). Things clear up right after exit 26 where its 2 lane again. Thus, if you were to get onto northbound at the rotary on 26, you would likely be fine.

Sunday afternoons esp. southbound there is a backup that goes beyond exit 27. If you're going westbound on Route 2, you'll suddenly come around the corner and hit this - no way out! I have seen it continue past 26 heading south, not sure why, as its 2 lane immediately after 26.

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Posted: Dec 02, 2005 - 10:15 PM GMT

So the only trouble going to and from Vt. on Rt. 2 would be on Sunday afternoon when returning from Vt. to Mass.
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Posted: Dec 04, 2005 - 1:36 AM GMT

Anyone know if they plan to open 2 lanes in near future? I cannot believe the state of MA would want 8 miles of backup each Friday & Sunday...

It definitely happens Friday afternoon/night northbound, and Sunday afternoon southbound...

The link to project details provided only a Winter 2006/07 project wrap date...nothing about how long one lane vs two lanes will be open.

Pain in the tail.
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Posted: Dec 04, 2005 - 6:39 AM GMT

Gonna be awhile - they still have a way to go finishing the outside lanes - they haven't even started the inside lanes yet (destruction and reconstruction).

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