SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – You can see the deteriorating concrete and exposed steel as you drive by. Dozens of western Massachusetts bridges and overpasses appear to be crumbling.
The poor condition of these sidewalks forces bike riders into the busy roadways. In Springfield, The bridge over the railroad tracks at Armory and Albany streets is crumbling. The curb is coming off at the corner and the railings are rusted, rotted and missing pieces.
“I think the whole bridge needs to be redone I think the whole intersection should be wider to about 6-feet each side it’s a tremendous hazard for tractor-trailers to make a left coming in,” said Paul Barr.
Many people in the area worry about some of these problematic spots. They said not only do they worry about the looks of them but the sounds of them alone cause them concern.
Abraham Torres told 22News, “Sometimes the noise and everything the vibration sometimes it makes you feel it’s unsafe.”
The connectors at the 291 merge with I-91 are more examples of a concerning overpass. MassDOT told 22News that the overpass is safe for travel, and not structurally deficient.
We left messages for the Springfield DPW to see if there are any plans to fix the bridge at Armory and Albany streets. We will let you know when we hear back.