WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A state road known for its pothole problems could be getting a major upgrade.
The project is still in the planning stages, but the goal is to improve the road surface and extend the life of Route 5 from West Springfield to Holyoke.
Route 5 is one of western Massachusetts’ most heavily traveled state roads, but that popularity can be punishing.
The Route 5 rehabilitation project will span just over three miles of Route 5, stretching from I-91 in West Springfield to Main Street in Holyoke, and from East Elm to North Elm Street in West Springfield.
“It’s a very well-traveled road,” said Laura Bonavita of Agawam. “Cut through for Holyoke, West Springfield, Agawam. It is traffic all times of the day, especially rush hour, and like I say holiday time. It will be better off for anybody driving back and forth.”
The projected contract cost of the project is more than $4 million, and construction isn’t expected until early 2022. The Elm Street to North Elm St. portion will only include fixing and replacing sidewalks and wheelchair ramps.
But, the paving project could make pothole problems a thing of the past from the I-91 off-ramp to downtown Holyoke.
“Absolutely, absolutely,” said Alex Siu, HNTB project consultant. “We’re basically looking to take an inventory of what the pavement is like now, and we’re looking at sections where we’re going to repair, and sections we’re going to completely replace.”
The project will also add a dedicated left turn lane onto Route 5 from Ashley Avenue and will update some traffic signals and guard rails.
The project might also include bike lanes or a shared use path in some places.