Springfield Underpass

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

Springfield Underpass Location Map - 10 Mar 2016

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.

 

Springfield Underpass images

As part of the proposed project, a fifty-two (52) foot long concrete underpass will be constructed under the existing railroad tracks together with a new five hundred and thirty (530) foot long multi-use path connecting to existing sidewalks along Birnie Avenue and Plainfield Street in Springfield.

The $6.7 million project will create a new fully-accessible crossing that will encourage pedestrian and bicycle access to area resources while also offering significant safety improvements for North End residents traveling between Birnie Avenue and Plainfield Street.

Construction is scheduled to start in 2019.

 


Further Reading

Project 607589 | Springfield- North End Pedestrian Path Construction
MassDOT Highway Division

Public Hearing Information Packet (archived copy)
MassDOT Highway Division | March 10, 2016

Public Hearing Information Packet (archived copy)
MassDOT Highway Division | April 25, 2017

“Springfield’s North End neighborhood to get $4.3 million railroad underpass”
By Elizabeth Roman | The Republican | March 15, 2016

“Cost up $2.4 million on planned underpass in Springfield’s North End”
By Elizabeth Roman | The Republican | April 26, 2017

 

 

Page last updated: May 16, 2017
Page last reviewed: May 16, 2017