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Big Plans to Improve Bad Intersection on Sumner Ave

SUMNER AVESPRINGFIELD (WGGB) — It’s an intersection well-known for major traffic tie-ups and dangerous to pedestrians.

So Thursday night, Springfield officials met to discuss a major improvement project on Sumner Avenue.

The intersection is a mish-mash of four roadways: Sumner Ave, Allen Street, Abbot Street, and Harkness Ave.

The city admits it’s “poorly aligned and confusing to motorists”.

A city council subcommittee, along with the city engineer and deputy city solicitor presented plans to alleviate the problems.

But before work can begin, the city must get the right of way through eminent domain for several properties in the area.

Officials say they aren’t looking to take entire properties, only portions, and some of those just temporarily.

Plus, they’ll compensate the owners for their land.

Still, some of those property owners who showed up at the meeting expressed concerns.

“We were concerned about what was going on because we own property and we wanted to make sure it enhanced the area and after hearing what they are going to do and I really believe that the area will be enhanced,” said Diana Gisolfi.

“”We wanted to make sure though this project they understood how the contact process is going to work how they can get ahold of us, how they can get ahold of the State and make sure that they’re happy that while the construction is going on that they can still live their lives and get in and out of their businesses,” said Springfield City Engineer, Chris Cignoli.

Crews will be widening the streets, putting in dedicated turning lanes and modernizing the traffic signals.

The entire $2.3million project will be paid for by the State and overseen by Mass-DOT.

Work is expected to begin in early April and should be wrapped up by this time next year.




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