AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Thursday for the official completion of the Morgan Sullivan Bridge replacement project.
Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, MassDOT officials, Agawam and West Springfield city leaders gathered for the ceremony in Agawam at noon.
It now has two lanes both ways to mitigate traffic congestion, along with a wider sidewalk, and bike lines. It’s been well-received by the community and leaders were proud to announce the culmination of the three year project.
“When you work together, and you’re smart about it and you pay attention to the bottom line, you can get projects done on budget, and way before schedule and look what you have to show for it,” said Lt. Governor Polito.
“This is an example of government at work. How often do you hear about projects getting done before they were supposed too? So, this is something we will forever be able to point too,” said State Senator John Velis.
The bridge was originally built in 1946. A $21.5 million reconstruction contract was approved in 2018 and work began in 2019. It was originally planned to be a three-year project but progress actually accelerated during the pandemic allowing it to finish up early.
The bridge officially reopened to full capacity this spring.