SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield city leaders joined East Springfield neighborhood council members Wednesday morning for an announcement on a construction project for Page Boulevard.

Mayor Domenic Sarno met with the East Springfield Neighborhood Council, who has long dreamt of these revitalization efforts, to announce $600,000 given through the Sarno Administration’s ARPA Neighborhood Economic Recovery Fund. This funding will be used to support pedestrian improvements, such as sidewalk, crosswalk and curbing updates along with the planting of trees and new tree wells.

Kathleen Brown of the East Springfield Neighborhood Council says this work will create a better quality of life for area residents, “Because people have been looking forward to this, and they want the community to look nice. They want to be able to drive down the street and go, ‘Hmm, this is a pretty neat place.'”

Kathleen pointed to the team effort, “Neighbors Working Together,” to apply for and receive this funding, which will also bring improved lighting and more trash barrels to the area. They’re hoping that the projects will be completed by next spring.

Just over a week ago, firefighters helped five people escape a vehicle that rolled over on Page Blvd. In mid-September, a motorcyclist died after crashing into a pole in the area of the 200 block of Page Boulevard. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation lists five incidents on Page Blvd under their top crash locations database for the City of Springfield.