Relief in sight for drivers experiencing delays on Strathmore Bridge

Hampden County

Some relief is in sight for drivers who have been forced to wait a long time to cross the Vietnam Veterans (Strathmore) Bridge between West Springfield and Agawam.

The delay is caused by two-mile-long freight trains stopped at the railroad crossing at the Agawam/West Springfield line. 

Drivers told 22News they’ve waited up to an hour for the train to pass and traffic there has increased since repair work began at the Morgan-Sullivan Bridge near the Big E.

But West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt told 22News about the planned installation of new signs that will alert drivers when to avoid the railroad crossing.

“The state is going to ideally pay for five signs on either side of the crossing,” said Mayor Reichelt. “Five in Agawam, five in West Springfield. There will be a sensor by the tracks that when the train passes the lights will flash and say the crossing’s blocked. Take an alternate route.”

Mayor Reichelt has spoken with CSX rail officials about clearing the railroad crossings more quickly, but so far there has reportedly been little progress.

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