$7.4 Million Construction Project Begins on Boston Road
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Boston Road is busy, congested, and about to get a facelift.
Mayor Domenic Sarno and other city officials announced the plan to repair the popular stretch from Pasco Road to the Wilbraham town line.
“You got to go through real slowly. It’s a lot of potholes, it’s very narrow. There’s a lot of times you don’t feel comfortable, just, it’s very tight, so I think it’s going to be great,” said Melinda Graulau, General Manager of the Eastfield Mall.
The project will cost $7.4 million with $6 million coming from the city. An additional $1.4 million will come from the DOT.
“We secured some bond money. That money was going to be released probably until 2015 or 2016…too long to wait. The price tag of this wasn’t coming from the state immediately. This is all about eco-development, bringing businesses, and retaining businesses,” Mayor Sarno stated.
Holiday shoppers shouldn’t worry, because the mall still will be accessible during construction.
“We’ve been in the planning on this since 2009, and one of the things is we basically put a moratorium on roadway from the middle of November to the middle of January. The contractor has more than enough work to do off the roadway, so we’re not worried about screwing up traffic,” noted City Engineer Chris Cignoli.
They will also be adding sidewalks and reconfiguring the Parker Street, Springdale Road, and Kent Road intersections.
The project is expected to wrap up in 2015.