WORCESTER – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced between the off-peak hours of 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 6 and 5:00 a.m., on Friday, July 7, there will be closures of two ramps on Interstate 290 eastbound in Worcester to allow crews to conduct sign repair operations.

I-290 east and westbound will remain open during these times, with lane closures in place on the eastbound side.

The full traffic impacts for these operations are as follows:

• The entrance ramp from Vernon Street onto I-290 eastbound will be closed. Traffic looking to access I-290 eastbound at this location will be directed to follow detour signage. The detour route will be signed along Vernon Street to Water Street to Grafton Street to enter I-290 eastbound at Exit 14.

• The exit ramp from I-290 eastbound to Route 122 (Grafton Street) will be closed. Traffic looking to I-290 eastbound at this location will be directed to follow detour signage. The detour route will be signed along I-290 eastbound to Exit 16, then on East Central Street to Summer Street to Grafton Street.

MassDOT encourages travelers to seek alternate routes and be mindful of possible delays, allow extra time to reach their destinations, and devote their full attention to the roadway when traveling through these work zones. Appropriate signage will be in place to guide travelers to the detour routes during these times.