Department of Public Works

Proposed Improvements on St. James Avenue at St. James Boulevard & Carew Street in Springfield, MA


Project File No. 608565

A Virtual Design Public Hearing will be published on the MassDOT website below to present the design for the

Proposed Improvements on St. James Avenue at St. James Boulevard & Carew Street in Springfield, MA.

WHEN:  Wednesday, March 3, 2021

PURPOSE: The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Improvements on St. James Avenue at St. James Boulevard & Carew Street project. All views and comments submitted in response to the hearing will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible.

PROPOSAL: The proposed project consists of reconstruction and improvements to segments of St. James Avenue, St. James Boulevard and Carew Street in East Springfield. The primary purpose of the project is to improve safety. The intersections of St. James Avenue at Carew Street and at St. James Boulevard are high crash locations that have been HSIP (Highway Safety Improvement Program) eligible since 2011. Bicycle and pedestrian users are accommodated by shared-use paths which have been provided on both sides of the roadway in accordance with applicable design guides. Traffic signal equipment will be upgraded to improve safety at both intersections.

A secure right-of-way is necessary for this project. Acquisitions in fee and permanent or temporary easements may be required. The City of Springfield is responsible for acquiring all needed rights in private or public lands. MassDOT’s policy concerning land acquisitions will be presented in the hearing.

Written statements and other exhibits regarding the proposed undertaking are to be submitted to Patricia A. Leavenworth, P.E., Chief Engineer, MassDOT, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Attention: Roadway Project Management Project File No. 608565. Mailed statements and exhibits intended for inclusion in the public hearing transcript must be postmarked no later than ten (10) business days after the hearing is posted to the MassDOT website listed below. Project inquiries may be emailed to

This hearing is accessible to people with disabilities. MassDOT provides reasonable accommodations and/or language assistance free of charge upon request (e.g. interpreters in American Sign Language and languages other than English, live captioning, videos, assistive listening devices, and alternate material formats), as available. For accommodation or language assistance, please contact MassDOT’s Chief Diversity and Civil Rights Officer by phone (857-368-8580), TTD/TTY at (857) 266-0603, fax (857) 368-0602 or by email ( Requests should be made as soon as possible prior to the meeting, and for more difficult to arrange services including sign-language, CART or language translation or interpretation, requests should be made at least ten business days before the hearing.

This Virtual Design Public Hearing or a cancellation announcement will be posted on the internet at

JONATHAN GULLIVER                                                                 PATRICIA A. LEAVENWORTH, P.E.

HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATOR                                                      CHIEF ENGINEER

Department of Public Works Press Release

While performing trash removal over the last two weeks, the DPW has encountered “hot loads” of radiation based contaminated material located within trash pick-up on our Thursday route. The contaminated waste has tripped the radiation sensors at our disposal facility on Thursday, October 29th and again on Thursday, November 5th.  We were not allowed to dispose of the trash and the trash truck had to be treated for contamination.  Addressing these issues have cost the City in excess of $5,000.

If you, a member of your family or a pet are being treated with radiation treatment for chemotherapy or leukemia for an illness, please do not dispose of contaminated waste in with your trash. Please contact your doctor or veterinarian for disposal guidelines.

The DPW has narrowed down to the area of contamination to be between Bay St. to State St., from Cambridge St., to Westminster St.  This includes the following streets.  Cambridge St., Montrose St., Mapledell St., Hunter Place, Andrew St., Gerard Ave., Marion St., Bowles St., Burr St., McNight St., and Sherman St.

Please be advised that members of the DPW will be performing in field inspection on Thursday to determine the origin of the material.

Thank you for your cooperation.

DPW Offices

Effective May 27, 2020, the Department of Public Works Facility on Tapley Street will be open on a “by appointment basis” until further notice. Contact information for making appoints is as follows:

Department of Public Works Contact Information

For Issues Related to:

  • Potholes
  • Trash Pick-up
  • Recycling Pick-up
  • Yard Waste
  • Bulk Pick-up
  • Traffic Signal Issues
  • Road Issues


Contact 311 or 736-3111

DPW Excavation and Occupancy Permits


Patrick Garrity

Phone: 787-6584

Traffic Commission and Board of Public Work Issues


Hector Velez

Phone: 784-4891

Site Plan Reviews


Andrew Krar

Phone: 784-4884

DPW Contracts


Peggy Merrill

Phone: 750-2728

Other DPW Questions

Phone: 787-6474

Immediate Changes to Bulk Pickup

Due to issues surrounding the Coronavirus, the DPW will be enacting the following immediately.

All mattresses and Box Springs to be picked up as part of the City Bulk Collection Services must be placed in plastic mattress bags.  These disposal bags are available at Lowe’s, Home Depot, Walmart, and through Amazon, as well as other retailers.   If the mattresses and box springs are not properly placed in the bags, they will not be picked up.  Mattress plastic bags that come with the purchase of a new mattress / box spring can be reused as long as they are 100% sealed with duct tape. This policy will continue indefinitely until rescinded by the Director of the Department of Public Works.


 All utilities and contractors must be in good standings with the Engineering Division of DPW, which includes 2019 annual utility or contractor license fee and supporting documents.  Please contact Patrick Garrity at or 413-787-6584 with any questions, as well as to obtain the most current version of the Occupancy Manual.

City Continues Push to Keep Trash out of Recycling Barrel

While the single stream recycling program has doubled the recycling rate of the City, it has not come without some challenges. The biggest challenge facing the program is the putting of non-recyclable items in the blue recycling carts.

Recycling barrels that contain non-recyclable items will be tagged with an orange sticker and not collected. The resident will have to remove the items and put it out on their next collection day.
Hazardous materials and other non-recyclable items placed into recycling containers caused the contamination of 6 loads of recyclable materials in April.

One of the truck loads of recyclable material was contaminated by tar improperly disposed of in the recycling cart.  Almost half of the contents of the entire truck were contaminated and had to be hauled to a landfill.

To some it may seem harmless to toss a rogue item into a recycling container. However, we want to make sure people understand that it's far from harmless.  The simple act of placing oil or any other non-recyclable material into a recycling container can contaminate an entire load of clean recyclables.

The City will be launching an education campaign to inform residents as to what you can and cannot put in the recycling barrel. The "10 most unwanted list" flyer will be put in the May 28th edition of The Republican and also posted on the City website. This list is comprised of the 10 most commonly found non-recyclable items found in the blue recycling barrel. Flyers will also be available for free at your local library, community center, senior center or by calling customer service at #311.

The City will be utilizing grants from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Springfield MRF Advisory Board in order to fund this outreach initiative.

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Clearing your Catch Basin Helps Everyone!

 Please be advised that it is every property owner’s responsibility to keep their catch basins clear of leaves and debris.  There are approximately 23,000 catch basins in the City and we do not have enough personnel to keep up with the demand of removing leaves and litter from the surface of the catch basins. 

Also, please note that clean catch basins are instrumental in the proper drainage of streets, this is extremely important during the winter months when the thawing and refreezing of snow banks occurs.  We thank you for your consideration and cooperation in this matter. 

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