MassDOT has taken the wraps off a plan to replace a bridge that connects Agawam and West Springfield, very close to the Eastern States Exposition grounds.
The Morgan-Sullivan Bridge connects Agawam and West Springfield and is the main route for a lot of people making their way to the Big E.
MassDOT announced on Monday, they have awarded a $21.5 million contract to begin construction on a new bridge.
The Morgan-Sullivan bridge carries Memorial Avenue traffic over the Westfield River. The bridge was originally built in 1945 and the bridge replacement project will start this summer.
It involves reconstructing parts of the neighboring roadways.
MassDOT said that one travel lane will be open in both directions during construction.
But MassDOT’s Patrick Marvin said the contract includes a provision that there cannot be any construction during the Big E. MassDOT said the bridge is considered “structurally deficient” meaning it is “safe for travel, but needs further attention.”
“It is pretty shaky, and it is old,” said Walter Rodgers of Huntington. “A lot of the bridges around here need to be fixed.”
The new bridge will have a protected bike lane separated from passing cars by a concrete curb. There will also be new sidewalks, designated bike crossings, and new traffic signals.
The project is expected to finish by summer 2022.