Infrastructure | Current Projects

This page includes a listing of significant rail infrastructure projects in the Pioneer Valley region.

Please note that this list does not include all projects underway along the rail lines in our region.

 

Stations


Greenfield & Northampton | Extension of the station platform

Status | Bid awarded – Construction is expected to start soon

This project will involve the extension of the existing high-level station platforms in Greenfield and Northampton to a length of 146 feet.

Architectural rendering of planned station platform for Northampton, Ma. | June 2017

An expanded station platform will allow for two pairs of passenger car doors to be opened on the platform, which would basically double the speed of boarding (and deboarding) passengers at these station.

This project is scheduled to be substantially complete by the end of December 2018 with final completion of plantings and other punch list items by May 15, 2019.

Further details on the station platform project can be found on these links

Greenfield platform extension project | Trains In The Valley

Northampton platform extension project | Trains In The Valley

 


Springfield Union Station | New high-level platform

Status | Construction underway
Planned completion date | October 31, 2018 t.b.a.

The current MassDOT Capital Improvement Plan includes funding for the construction of one high-level platform at the station.

Platform C (now under construction) | looking east
Springfield Union Station | October 12, 2018

Existing platform C (between tracks 4 and 6) will be removed and replaced with a 362-foot long high-level platform. The new platform will have an elevator installed into an existing elevator pit.

The existing steel canopy over platform C will be disassembled and transported to a steel fabrication shop for deleading, repaired as necessary, and then repainted. The existing canopy will then be reinstalled and a new roofing system will be installed.

Further reading

“Union Station will get new $8.2 million rail passenger platform by November”
By Jim Kinney | The Republican | May 8, 2018

 

Track Work


Tree and Brush clearing along the Rail Line

Chestnut Street, Hatfield, Ma | Looking south | March 3, 2018

MassDOT’s contractors are working to clear brush and trees along the right of way on the Connecticut River Main Line.

 


Knowledge Corridor Tie Replacement Project

Connecticut River Main Line | looking north
North Main Street | Deerfield, Ma. | April 8, 2018

This project will involve tie replacements, track refurbishment and related work along 32 miles of the Connecticut River Main Line (CRML).

The project includes the follow elements:

  • Install up to 30,000 new wood crossties
  • Install 3.5 track miles of new continuous welded rail on the controlled sidings in Northampton and Springfield and on the southbound track in Deerfield
  • Construct 0.4 miles of new southbound track in Deerfield
  • Distribute 28,500 tons of track ballast
  • Surface, align and regulate the ballast along 32 miles of CRML track, including all turnouts that branch off the mainline track
  • Remove and reconstruct five farm crossings along the line
  • Remove & dispose of all scrap crossties, timbers, and wood debris

 

Note in particular that the specifications states that scrap crossties, switch timber, and other wood products shall be removed from the right-of-way within five working days of their removal from the track.

The contract documents say the contractor shall achieve Contract Completion within 300 calendar days from Notice to Proceed or by May 15, 2019, whichever is earlier.

 

Bridge work


Tie Replacement on Bridges at Milepost 34.82 & 34.95

Status | Construction Underway

Connecticut River Main Line Bridges 34.82 and 34.95
Viewed from Hope St – looking south | Greenfield, Ma. | April 2018

The project involves the replacement of ties on two Connecticut River Main Line (CRML) bridges;

  • Bridge at MP 34.82 [visible in the background in the image above] which carries the CRML over the Deerfield River
  • Bridge at MP 34.95 [visible in the foreground in the image] which carries the CRML over the Pan Am Southern Fitchburg Main line.

As part of this project the 2nd mainline track will be re-installed on both bridges.

Further reading

“Deerfield, Greenfield railroad bridges slated for repairs”
By Dan Desrochers | The Recorder | April 30, 2018

 


Northampton | Repair of Bridges at Mileposts 16.67 and 19.90

Status | Bid awarded – Construction is expected to start soon

Connecticut River Main Line bridge at MP 16.67
Hockanum Road, Northampton, Ma. | July 8, 2018

 

Connecticut River Main Line bridge at MP 19.90
Hatfield Road, Northampton, Ma. | July 8, 2018

This project will involve repair/rehabilitation of two railroad bridges located in Northampton, MA.

 


Holyoke | Repairs to Pioneer Valley Railroad Bridge

Status | Construction underway

Curved open-deck railroad bridge | looking northeast from Cabot St
Near South Canal & Cabot streets | Holyoke, Ma. | October 11, 2018

The Pioneer Valley Railroad is currently working to rehabilitate a curved open deck bridge in Holyoke near South Canal and Cabot street. The bridge, which is shown in the image above, will have both steel and masonry work performed on the structure.

The re-opening of this bridge, which was last used in 2013, will allow the Pioneer Valley Railroad to interchange freight rail cars with the Pan Am Southern railroad which operates the north-south rail line through Holyoke.

This work is being partially funded by a grant of $495,000 that was made by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). The grant was one of eight grant awards made in 2017 under MassDOT’s Industrial Rail Access Program.

 

Other Projects


Springfield | Bike/pedestrian underpass

Status | In Planning

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) intends to construct a pedestrian path under the Connecticut River Main Line in Springfield.

The project will construct a pedestrian route under the railroad tracks in order to provide a safe pedestrian connection between the Brightwood and North End neighborhoods in Springfield — more specifically between the Chestnut Middle School area in Brightwood and the Birnie Avenue/Main Street area in the North End.

Construction is scheduled to start in 2019.

Further reading

Springfield underpass project | Trains In The Valley

 


See also

MassDOT Capital Investment Plan Update 2018-2023

 

 

Page last updated: October 12, 2018
Page last reviewed: July 18, 2018