The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is planning 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.
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 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 the winter of 2018/2019.
Project 607589 | Springfield- North End Pedestrian Path Construction
MassDOT Highway Division
Public Hearing Information Packet (archived copy)
MassDOT Highway Division | March 10, 2016
“Springfield’s North End neighborhood to get $4.3 million railroad underpass”
The Republican | March 15, 2016
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