SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Within a few weeks, Springfield road crews will begin to install a roundabout that will replace the multiple traffic lights where Walnut, Hancock, and Ashley Streets converge into six corners in the Hill-McKnight neighborhood.
Supervisory crews were out at the six corners on Wednesday, scoping out the multi-million dollar project that will be completed next year.
“It’ll be safer,” construction supervisor Truth Nissenbaum explained. “It’ll allow cars to continue to move through the intersection. A lot of traffic comes through here on a daily basis and it can be quite busy and dangerous at times.”
Springfield Public Works Director Christopher Cignoli told 22News that MassDOT will also spend more than $10 million overhauling the “X” in Springfield’s Forest Park neighborhood.
Cignoli is just weeks away from presenting the plans to business owners and neighbors. He said it’s his aim to bring the X, another complicated intersection, into the 21st Century.
“There’s going to be a lot more options for turning,” Cignoli said. “Being able to turn on and off Sumner Avenue onto Dickinson Street, which you can’t do now. But also for the pedestrians… and bicycles in the area. That is a very big issue in that whole area: people crossing the street.”
But don’t expect sweeping changes at the X right away; the extensive multi-million dollar improvements Cignoli outlined are still some two years away.