The city expects the major projects including the new park Square to be completed by the end of the year or sooner.
“Traffic is crazy,” said Kimberly Brooks of Westfield. “Getting across the street is dangerous. I’m glad it’s almost over.”
Brooks isn’t alone in her frustrations with the continuing construction along Elm Street, around Park Square and Route 20.
But on a sunny day, you can see the vision behind all of this work coming into focus. Traffic flows much better from the Mass Pike over new twin bridges to the downtown. In downtown, it’s getting harder to find an empty storefront thanks to new businesses. People walk along new sidewalks and sit on new benches.
“I appreciate what they’re doing,” said Brooks. “I just hope that all the money doesn’t go to waste.”
Marilyn DiSessa thinks it will all be worth it. She said the downtown is already looking like the bustling one she remembers as a kid in the 1960′s.
“There were shops all downtown,” said DiSessa. “There were lovely women’s shops and men’s shops, shoe stores, a grant’s. It was a really nice downtown area. And as the years went by, it just, all the stores faded out and people go the malls now. And I am really looking forward to Westfield coming back.”
If you have any questions about the progress of the construction, there are weekly updates on Westfield’s home page.