Springfield Underpass

Notice to Proceed issued on April 24, 2019

Planned Completion Date
Spring 2020


The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) intends to construct a pedestrian path under the Mass-DOT owned 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.

The Notice to Process for this project was issued to the contractor, Daniel O’Connell’s Sons Inc., on April 24, 2019.


Progress images

Springfield underpass work site as viewed from Birnie Ave | August 24, 2019


Springfield underpass work site as viewed from Birnie Ave | September 19, 2019


Further Reading

MassDOT Project 607589 (Official site)

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

Public Hearing Information Packet (PDF) [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

“Springfield City Council approves land takings for North End railroad underpass”
By Peter Goonan | The Republican | July 31, 2018

“Pedestrian tunnel under Springfield train tracks arriving too late to prevent tragedy”
By Patrick Johnson | The Republican | March 27, 2019



Page last updated: December 18, 2019
Page last reviewed: May 16, 2017