Upgrade to Westfield intersection could start in August

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Drivers who use North Elm Street in Westfield on a daily bases had a lot of questions Monday night for the City Engineer regarding a planned upgrade to an intersection.

If everything goes as planned, the construction to add a center turn lane at North Elm and Notre Dame Streets will start in August.

westfield road closureAbout 30,000 cars drive down North Elm Street, also known as Route 10 and 202, in Westfield every day, and drivers say they’re fed up with slow-moving traffic.

“The traffic at 5 o’clock on North Elm Street is unreal. Coming from Southwick to turn to Notre Dame, it’s bad,” said Regina Ekmalian.

Edward Ekmalian said, “2 o’clock is a bad time because the high school gets out, so you got the school bus and all the kids, teachers. 2 o’clock is a real bad time to come down hill or go up.”

That intersection, North Elm and Notre Dame streets, is next in line for a major upgrade. The City of Westfield has plans to widen the intersection and to add a center turning lane, freeing up two lanes in each direction for through-traffic.

Westfield City Engineer Mark Cressotti promised, the Notre Dame Street project will not start until the Pochassic Street Bridge reopens. The bridge project, which has been going on for several years, is expected to be completed by June.

Cressotti told 22News, “Absolutely, no, we wouldn’t be doing that. We are not going to be doing anything until that bridge is done. If that bridge takes longer than what the state has identified, June completion, we are going to wait on this until that is done. ”

Eventually the city will add center turn lanes at different spots on North Elm Street between Notre Dame Street and the Great River Bridge.

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