Two transportation projects move forward

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) Two major projects in Springfield are moving forward.

The Metropolitan Planning Organization made progress on the I-91 construction project and Union Station.

Like many Springfield residents, John Lezon has been watching and waiting for movement on the Union Station project and now he’s finally seeing it.

“I’m very shocked it’s finally on its way, but it is and I know that’s going to be torn down next,” he said.

Demolition is well underway and at their meeting Thursday morning the Metropolitan Planning Organization approved the last $1.7 million dollars needed to complete the project.

The Springfield redevelopment authority displayed new renderings and a timeline for the project.

“The next early package that will be going out will be this summer, it will be the construction of the parking facility on the corner of Main Street and Frank B Murray,” said Christopher Moskal, Springfield Redevelopment Authority.

Planners say the demolition work we see going on today should be wrapped up between tonight and tomorrow.

Then they’re going to move across the street to begin some structural reinforcement work.

The plan is for the whole project to be done in July 2016.

The M-P-O also made progress on the I-91 renovation. Approving money needed to move the project from the planning phase into the doing phase.

“The advertisement of the project will happen in July, a contract will be awarded in the Fall, then the project has to get underway and it’ll be a 2.5 year period from beginning to end,” said Timothy Brennan, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.

Planners say they are moving the I-91 project faster than a normal construction project because it’s a safety issue.

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