Office of Mayor Domenic J. Sarno
BOSTON ROAD RECONSTRUCTION SET TO BEGIN
Event: Boston Road Reconstruction
When: November 8, 2013 at 1:00 PM
Where: Eastfield Mall Main Entrance, 1655 Boston Road, Springfield, MA 01129
November 7, 2013 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Department of Public Works Director Al Chwalek and Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy are set to break ground on the Boston Road Reconstruction. The project will run from Pasco Road to the Wilbraham Town line (1.2 miles) and cost $7,400,000 to complete.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated; “Just as the State Street and Main Street re-construction projects provided a catalyst for economic development; so will the reconstruction of Boston Road.” Mayor Sarno went on to say; “This project will increase safety at several intersections, enhance the street scape, make this stretch more pedestrian friendly and enhance the areas marketability to businesses looking to locate along the corridor.”
The reconstruction will better align the roadway as well as improve and reconfigure five intersections: Pasco Road, Parker Street, the Eastfield Mall, Springdale Mall and Kent Road. Sidewalks will be added and improved throughout the project limits along with streetscape and landscape improvements along the entire corridor.
DPW Director Al Chwalek stated; “This construction will complete the final section of the State Street –Boston Road corridor that runs thru Springfield. To date the Springfield DPW has coordinated extensively with businesses and landowners to lay the groundwork for the construction that is about to commence.”
“We couldn’t be more pleased to hear this project is moving forward, and are so appreciative of Mayor Domenic J. Sarno’s and our State Delegation’s efforts to secure the funding. It’s been a long road, so to speak, and it’s now coming to fruition. This will only help with future redevelopment of the Boston Road corridor, and strengthen our position as the dominant retail corridor in the City of Springfield”; Stated Melinda S. Graulau General Manager, Eastfield Mall.
The total project will cost $7.4 million dollars with $1.4 million in funding from Mass DOT with the balance of $6 million coming from the City of Springfield. The project is scheduled to begin in November 2013 with a completion in early 2015. The project was designed by VHB and the contractor for construction will be Ludlow Construction from Ludlow, MA. Project oversight will be managed by the City of Springfield’s Engineering Department and Tighe & Bond of Westfield.