Rt. 187 motorists urged to use alternate routes

WESTFIELD, Mass. (The Westfield News) – Area residents who commute on Route 187 (North Westfield Street in Agawam) are being advised to seek alternative routes as a water main replacement project, from the Westfield City Line to the North Street intersection, is slated to begin Monday.

Agawam Department of Public Works Deputy Superintendent John Decker said the city is replacing existing 24,12 and 8-inch water lines and will do a full width overlay of asphalt following the water line installation. Decker said the city “moved up the schedule” to replace those lines because of a Springfield Water & Sewer Commission project to replace a failed transmission line. “We need to do our project before the Springfield work is done,” Decker said.

Construction activities will occur between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday on non-holiday workdays. These construction activities will last through out the 2014 construction season concluding in November.

“There will be traffic delays during these periods,” Decker said. “To avoid these traffic delays it may be beneficial to find alternate routes around the construction. “ Detours have been setup to assist motorists. The primary/truck detour will require motorist to utilize North West Street between Southwick Street (Route 57) and North Westfield Street (Route 187.)

The secondary detour, for local residents, will utilize North Street Ext. between North Street and North West Street. Please take precautionary measures to limit any unnecessary traveling along North Westfield Street during this period. This is for your safety as well as those of the construction workers.

Media Credit: The Westfield News

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