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Major Holyoke Intersection to be Upgraded


HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — A major intersection construction upgrade begins Monday in Holyoke. It involves the intersection of Lower Westfield Road and Homestead Avenue.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is planning a massive traffic improvement project. Signs are up warning people that construction will soon begin.

The project includes widening Lower Westfield Road and Homestead Avenue to add turning lanes.

Updated traffic signals will be installed, along with new sidewalks.

Some neighbors like Emil Schlegel will lose some of their front yards. “We’re losing eight feet of our front yard, which wasn’t supposed to happen when this was originally proposed,” he says.

Schlegel says he’s also concerned about development across the street. He has mixed feelings about the intersection project.

“Hopefully, the traffic flow will be a little better, but I think the traffic improvements which include widening the road might invite even more traffic to the area especially tractor trailers,” Schlegel adds.

At peak hours, traffic is heavy at the intersection with vehicles heading to Holyoke Community College to the north and the Holyoke Mall to the east and south.

The Ross Insurance Agency is located nearby.

“There’s going to be a little impact, but I’m not concerned about it at all. As a matter of fact, I support it. This is a very important part of the city of Holyoke,” says Ross.

The project begins Monday and is expected to take about a year to complete.

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