SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The MassDOT has released its first design for the proposed replacement project for the Armory Street Bridges in Springfield. This is not the final design, but so far it addresses bridge infrastructure issues as well as road safety.
Chris Cignoli, the Springfield DPW manager, said: “Over the past few years there have been some maintenance issues. They are old, extremely old, and have truly reached the end of their usefulness.
A proposed infrastructure project is underway in Springfield. MassDOT is now releasing preliminary plans for the replacement of two century-old city bridges. The Armory Street Bridge over the active CSX tracks and the Armory Street Bridge over the abandoned railroad.
“There are also pavement issues there,” Cignoli said. “The roadway is very narrow, the bridges are very narrow, so there is road work going on as well as the complete replacement of the two bridges.”
Bridge designs include a wider roadway, as well as a “standard” sidewalk and shared-use path. The shared-use pathway will accommodate pedestrians, cyclists, wheelchairs and strollers.
During construction, Armory Street will be reduced to a single lane carrying southbound traffic. Northbound traffic will be diverted during construction.
The estimated cost of the proposed construction of the Armory Street improvements is estimated at $40 million and will be funded by the federal government through the $1.1 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure Act. And Springfield DPW plans to make other infrastructure plans available here in the city on the City of Springfield website.