MassDOT discusses possibilities of new Mass Pike exit between Lee and Westfield

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For years, the state has been studying the possibility of adding an interchange to a 30-mile stretch of the Mass Pike in western Massachusetts.

MassDOT’s study aims to find a site for a possible new interchange on the pike between Westfield and Lee. It’s a 30 mile stretch with no exits between Exits 2 and 3.

22News traveled to Lenox Thursday night, where MassDOT identified three possible locations for a new exit: Algerie Road in Otis, the Blandford Maintenance Facility, and the Blandford Service Center.

MassDOT displayed travel models, demographic data, traffic diversion maps, zoning information and stick diagrams.

Daniel Wollman of Otis said he went to the meeting to hear how it might impact his community, “How does that change the character, the nature, environmental impact on our area so we want to learn all of that.”

MassDOT representatives said there’s no guarantee that an interchange will be added or where it would be located. The models presented Thursday night were just part of the ongoing study.

The representatives also said that if an interchange were to be built, the project wouldn’t start for another 10 years or so.

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