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MassDOT replaced the superstructure of the eastbound bridge of the Memorial Avenue Rotary over Route 5 in under five days in late June.

MassDOT replaced the superstructure of the eastbound bridge of the Memorial Avenue Rotary over Route 5 in under five days in late June.

Drivers in West Springfield will soon find more than just structural improvements to the Memorial Avenue Rotary. Over the course of two long weekends in June and July, MassDOT’s contractor, SPS New England, addressed the safety concerns related to two bridges that carry the Rotary over Route 5. The function and safety of the Rotary have also been improved for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. When complete, the Rotary will be freshly paved and new lane markings will designate 14-foot travel lanes and 5-foot outside shoulders.

The Memorial Avenue Rotary’s westbound bridge received structural improvements in mid-July.

The Memorial Avenue Rotary’s westbound bridge received structural improvements in mid-July.

Despite the Rotary’s key location, less than a mile from downtown Springfield, it was not a pedestrian-friendly area prior to construction. The narrow sidewalks and lack of crosswalks made the Rotary an uncomfortable place to walk or bike. Wider sidewalks, defined crosswalks, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant ramps at each crossing will soon allow for the safe passage of pedestrians and bicyclists through the Rotary. Bright, flashing signs called Rapid Flash Pedestrian Beacons will call motorists’ attention to pedestrians and improve multimodal safety.

Aesthetic improvements are also part of the safer Rotary. New ornamental railings and lighting will complement the details of the nearby Memorial Bridge to provide a seamless connection between the City of Springfield and the Town of West Springfield. Restored landscaping will improve the visual appeal of the center of the Rotary.

In an effort to minimize traffic impacts and disruption to neighbors, MassDOT used accelerated bridge techniques to make all of this progress possible in just one summer. SPS New England is putting finishing touches in place now and should wrap up in September.

Continue to follow the progress by visiting the Memorial Avenue Rotary Replacement Project website and signing up for email updates.

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