Just days after the Big E traffic ended for Agawam and West Springfield residents, they’re being told there will be more to deal with soon.
At a meeting Tuesday night, Agawam and West Springifeld residents expressed concerns about traffic backups when MassDOT begins a 4-year construction project on the Morgan Sullivan Bridge in November.
The 70-plus year old bridge that links the two towns is considered “structurally deficient.”
Traffic will be squeezed from four lanes down to two during the 21.5 million dollar project, which is expected to last until 2022.
The Eastern States Exposition said Tuesday that the project will have a significant impact on area businesses and residents for years, and they will allow MassDOT to use their property to move construction along.
Part of the issued statement read:
We stand at the threshold of a DOT project that will have significant impact on the businesses and residents of Agawam and West Springfield for years—the Morgan Sullivan bridge reconstruction project.
We are pleased that Agawam is now talking about traffic and the bridge project in particular. The Exposition has been trying to raise awareness about this project for 2 years. We must work together as one community to ensure that the DOT acts in the best interest of Agawam and West Springfield throughout the process. This project will be a reality in our lives 24/7 X 365 X 3 years.
ESE has granted a permanent easement of its property to increase the efficiency of the construction project as well as a temporary easement for purposes of storing construction equipment to help hasten its completion. ESE has been proactive throughout this process and we are happy the Town of Agawam is paying it attention.
MassDOT also said they will meet with the Big E next summer to prepare for traffic.
The Morgan Sullivan Bridge will have four lanes open in late 2021, but will have five lanes by the time the project is completed in the summer of 2022.