Overnight Closures of the On-Ramp and Off-Ramp on I-290 Westbound

by | Jun 27, 2021

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing that it will be implementing intermittent temporary overnight on-ramp and off-ramp closures along the Interstate 290 westbound corridor between exit 16 (East Central Street) and exit 21 (Plantation Street) in Worcester. The ramp closures are scheduled to take place nightly from Sunday, June 27, through Friday, July 2, during overnight hours from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. The closures are needed to allow crews to safely and efficiently conduct paving operations.

During the work, one ramp at a time will be closed during the paving operations. Traffic will be directed to follow the signed detour signage in place. Detours will be in place as follows:

  • Traffic will be detoured to exit 15 when the I-290 westbound exit 16 (East Central Street and Summer Street) on-ramp and off-ramp are closed.
  • Traffic will be detoured to exit 16 when the I-290 westbound exit 17 (Belmont Street) on-ramp is closed.
  • Traffic will be detoured to exit 16 when the I-290 westbound exit 18 (Lincoln Street) off-ramp is closed.
  • Traffic will be directed to continue on I-290 westbound and use exit 18 when the I-290 westbound exit 19 (290 westbound to 190 northbound) connector ramp is closed.
  • Traffic will be detoured to exit 18 when the I-290 westbound exit 20 (Lincoln Street) off-ramp is closed.
  • Traffic will be detoured to I-290 eastbound to access I-290 westbound when the I-290 westbound Burncoat Street on-ramp is closed.
  • Traffic will be detoured to exit 22 when the I-290 westbound exit 21 (Plantation Street) on-ramp is closed.

Message boards, signs, traffic control devices, and law enforcement details will be used to guide drivers safely through the work zone.

All scheduled work is weather dependent and may be impacted due to an emergency.

MassDOT encourages drivers to seek alternate routes, reduce speed and use caution while approaching and traveling through the work zone.