SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Another roundabout could be coming to Springfield at Saint James Avenue and Tapley Street.
The MassDOT hosted a zoom meeting Tuesday night where they asked for feedback from the community on the proposed roundabout. The intersection right off I-291 near the DPW would take the place of the four way intersection.
Joe Winn who’s lived in the area for the last several years told 22News he thinks it would be a good idea. “I think it would make traffic less of a hassle and you could get around it more easily because there’s less stopping and people are going around their separate ways instead of the lights. You know?”
According to MassDOT, they would also create spaces for bicycles, walkers and pedestrians along with high-visibility crosswalks, ADA-compliant curb ramps and rapid flashing beacons for safe crossing.
“Not only is the severity of a crash reduced by a roundabout but the number of conflict points for a potential crash is reduced by over 50%,” said Jonathan Freeman, a representative for MassDOT.
MassDOT says benefits of the new roundabout will lead to fewer crashes, lower vehicle speeds and pedestrians can cross one direction of traffic at a time.