CONTACT: Michelle Chase, Agawam Town Engineer, 413 821-0625 or MChase@agawam.ma.us
Andrew Loew, Senior Planner/Specialist at PVPC, 413 781-6045 or ALoew@pvpc.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 12, 2014
Public Forum for Springfield Street Pedestrian Improvement Project
The Agawam Department of Public Works will hold a public forum for the Town's ongoing Springfield Street Pedestrian Improvement Project on September 25 at 7PM at the Agawam Senior Center, 954 Main Street, in the ballroom. At the forum, the Town's consultant will discuss preliminary plans for improvements to sidewalks and road crossings along Springfield Street between Mill Street and Franklin Street in Feeding Hills and North Agawam. Neighborhood residents and other interested parties (including property owners and business operators) are encouraged to attend.
The overall goals of the project are 1) to evaluate existing sidewalks and crosswalks in the project area; 2) to design improvements to the pedestrian system to improve handicapped access and overall "walkability" along the Springfield Street commercial corridor; and 3) to produce bid-ready plans and specifications for use in hiring a contractor to build the designed improvements (construction is contingent upon future availability of funds).
This part of Springfield Street was identified in a 2010 Agawam Department of Public Works inventory as in need of substantial improvement to its aging and deteriorated sidewalk network. Aside from the worn out condition of many sidewalk surfaces and ramps, there are very few formal crossings of Springfield Street. The lack of crosswalks encourages jaywalking and other unsafe pedestrian behavior. The Massachusetts Highway Safety Division has identified several pedestrian crash clusters along the Springfield Street corridor.
At the forum, local residents and other stakeholders will have a chance to voice their concerns about pedestrian infrastructure, circulation, and safety issues in the project area, and will be able to review and comment on the engineers' preliminary designs for improvements.
Waterfield Design Group of Winchester, Mass. is the Town's engineering consultant for this project. Funding for the project is through a shared Agawam-East Longmeadow FY 2013 Community Development Block Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development. This grant is administered on behalf of the Town of Agawam by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.
Questions about the project or the public forum should be directed to Michelle Chase, Agawam Town Engineer, at 413 821-0625, or Andrew Loew, Senior Planner at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, at 413 781-6045.