Hard Rock plans on spending 10-million-dollars on Memorial Avenue to minimize negative impacts on traffic.
22News went on a trolley tour with Hard Rock representatives, the CEO of the Eastern States Exposition and local town officials.
Hard Rock shared what they have planned for Memorial Avenue, and by going on the trolley tour, they want people to be able to visualize how Memorial Avenue could transform.
We've heard from many West Springfield residents that their biggest concern with a possible casino at the Big E is traffic on Memorial Avenue, and with a 10-million-dollar plan, Memorial Avenue will be widened from 4 lanes to 5 lanes from Memorial Avenue Bridge to the bridge that connects West Springfield to Agawam by the Big E.
Hard Rock also has plans to revamp the rotary off of Memorial Bridge and add bike lanes and turning lanes.
Hard Rock also hopes to work with the State Department of Transportation on these projects.
According to Hard Rock New England President Tim Maland, "Do the construction of the rotary and the bridge at the same time, or try to coordinate efforts, so that it's not first, you do the rotary, then you do Memorial Avenue, etc. But rather we'll all do it in a coordinated fashion to minimize the traffic disruption."
Hard Rock still needs to negotiate a host agreement with the Town of West Springfield. After that, they'll need to pass another hurdle, a "Yes" vote from the residents.