The MassDOT Board of Directors approved a $21.5 million contract to replace a bridge that connects West Springfield and Agawam.
According to MassDOT Spokesperson Patrick Marvin, construction and work-related activities are expected to begin this summer on the Morgan-Sullivan Bridge.
Marvin said the work includes replacing the bridge, which carries traffic on Memorial Avenue over the Westfield River, and reconstructing sections of the surround roadways.
Due to the large number of utility-related issues and other factors the work is scheduled to be finished by the summer of 2022.
The construction is being done to improve the functionality of the bridge, and ensure reliable travel through the area.
Marvin the bridge was originally constructed in 1945, and is structurally deficient, which means it is safe for travel but in need of further attention.
The project will add features such as bike lanes, including a protected bike lane on the east side of the bridge that will be separated from car lanes by concrete curbing, a steel bridge railing, and a four to six inch bicycle railing.
There will be separated bike lanes and sidewalks along the majority of the project, including Main Street.
The project will also include adding new sidewalks, designated bike crossings, turning lanes, traffic controls, and draining system modifications.
Marvin said people traveling by car will generally have access to one lane of travel in each direction of the bridge throughout the construction. However, at various times traffic will be impacted on surrounding roadways throughout the area of ongoing construction.