East Longmeadow Rotary & Longmeadow Street Among Transportation Priorities
Stop number one was at the infamous East Longmeadow rotary. With cars, trucks, and buses moving in every direction, this crazy intersection is where 7 roads meet downtown.
“The way people come through here at high speeds is unbelievable, there is one accident a day,” explains Senator Gale D. Candaras to the Secretary.
A study was done 14 years ago to come up with potential traffic solutions, but a fresh look was a reminder of what needs to be done.
“I was amazed to actually drive up and see dangerous intersection signs; we shouldn’t have those in the state,” says Davey.
He commits to work with the town on new study, and this time the plan is to take it one step further.
“We will move forward, not just study it, but move forward,” the Secretary comments.
Traffic on the rotary will become even more chaotic if a casino comes to the area. That’s the reality for Route 5 in Longmeadow too. This was the next stop.
“The casinos are going to have a major impact,” explains Longmeadow Town Manager, Stephen Crane.
Crane says it’s important to keep an open dialog with MGM and the State Department of Transportation.
The key for them is to be mindful of neighboring cities and towns.
“Issues need to be resolved with intersection improvement, additional paving, and things that they will have to be willing to help us out with,” Crane adds.
The final location on Secretary Richard Davey’s tour today was the I-91 viaduct in downtown Springfield, but it is on the top of the priority list.
Davey explains how it is a several million dollar project, but needs to be addressed. Officials today and surely residents of Western Mass are thankful for today’s visit
“Secretary Davey coming all the way out from Boston shows the commitment to the region,” says Crane.
The hope now is that the funding will be provided for the rotary, route 5, and the I-91 viaduct in Springfield through the Transportation Bond Bill. It is expected to be approved by Thanksgiving.