Agawam Businesses Brace for Route 187 Road Work
“It’ll be closed intermittently,” says Agawam Dept. of Public Works Superintendent Christopher Golba. “We’re going to try to maintain one-way traffic during a majority of the construction.”
Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., drivers will be detoured down the North Street Extension to Northwest Street and then back to Route 187 at the Westfield town line .
“We’re just hoping that they can get to us,” says Dino Mercadante, manager of 911 Burgers & Dogs. “[We hope] they don’t get frustrated by the traffic patterns.”
Mercadante dealt with similar road closures along Route 187 in Westfield the past two summers and lost about 40 percent of his normal business.
This year, he’s not sure what to expect, but he knows closing the road in front of his business isn’t going to help.
“We’re going to be hurt, we’re going to be hurt,” says Mercadante. “I don’t know if it will be 40 percent — it may be more, it may be a little less — because there are alternate routes to get to us from the Agawam side.”
Businesses at the other end of the closure expressed similar concerns about losing business.
Golba says, while the town is working hard to minimize the impact of this project, at the end of the day, this work needs to be done.
“It’s imperative that we get it done sooner than later,” says Golba. “That lower main is in dire need of replacement.”
“We just gotta hold our breath and hopefully we make it through it,” says Mercadante.
The Agwam DPW hopes to finish the majority of the work by September, and complete the project by the end of November.