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agawam-morgan-sulliver-bridge-2018The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors today approved the awarding of a contract for approximately $21.5 million to replace the Morgan-Sullivan Bridge that carries traffic on Memorial Avenue (Route 147) over the Westfield River between West Springfield and Agawam.

“We have appreciated the input and support from our municipal partners and are pleased to move forward with this project which will replace this structurally deficient bridge and add many new accommodations including dedicated vehicle turning lanes, separated bicycle lanes, and increased capacity on both sides of the bridge to improve travel,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “This project highlights our commitment to investing in core infrastructure while also adding multimodal features to ensure that our roadways and bridges work for everyone regardless of how they are traveling to their destinations.”

Construction operations and work-related activities are expected to begin this summer and due to the large number of utility-related issues and other factors the project is scheduled to be completed by summer 2022. The full scope of work includes replacing the bridge and reconstructing sections of the surrounding roadways.

The project will add numerous multimodal features such as bicycle lanes including a protected bicycle lane on the east side of the bridge that is separated from the vehicular travel lanes by concrete curbing, a steel bridge railing, and a 4’-6” bicycle railing. New sidewalks, designated bicycle crossings, vehicle turn lanes, traffic controls and drainage system modifications will also be installed. The majority of the project area will have separated bicycle lanes and sidewalks, including Main Street, so that bicyclists and pedestrians will be able to travel from the Agawam Doering Middle School and Agawam Town Hall across the bridge and into West Springfield.

In general, throughout this construction project, motorists will have access to one travel lane in each direction on the bridge. At various times, there will be traffic impacts on the surrounding roadways as work progress throughout the project area. As with all MassDOT projects, consideration has been given to the impact on those who use the bridge and construction activities will be undertaken in such a manner in order to minimize the impact on the traveling public and local community.

This project is being carried out to improve the functionality of the bridge and ensure reliable travel throughout this area. This bridge was originally constructed in 1945 and is structurally deficient which means that it is safe for travel but in need of further attention.

MassDOT appreciates the cooperation and patience of the traveling public as core infrastructure is maintained and rebuilt. Members of the public are encouraged to utilize the appropriate technology tools to plan trips, including mass511.com, the MassDOT GoTime travel app, and other wayfinding resources to find the most appropriate route, mode, and timing of travel during construction operations.

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