Proposed $3.9M renovation to improve Route 9 and 116 in Amherst

Hampshire County

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A proposed roadway renovation will improve Routes 9 and 116 in Amherst. 

Come 2021, changes to Northampton Road, Route 9 will be made to improve access and safety for both bicyclists and pedestrians. 

A public hearing was held Thursday to present details of the improvement project and hear input from community members. MassDOT’s Highway Division put the $3.9 million project together. 

It will pave bike lanes, add new sidewalks, and install ADA compliant wheelchair ramps, crosswalks, and pedestrian signals. Amherst’s Town Manager said the proposal was well received last night. 

“So, they had a meeting about two years ago and they came back, and they had really listened to what the town had said and then incorporated many of the concerns into the design,” said Paul Bockelman. “And so, we’re very pleased with their proposal.” 

Bockelman said they still haven’t decided how to deal with the number of trees that will be taken down or damaged or the schedule for the project. 

Once construction starts in 2021, Bockelman told 22News, the project will take about two years to complete. 

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