WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A bridge closing that meant years of inconvenience for Westfield residents and business owners finally came to an end Friday afternoon.
At 2:00 P.M., traffic was finally allowed across the Pochassic Bridge, which connects downtown Westfield to the city’s Prospect Hill neighborhood.
Prior to the official opening, two businesses located near the bridge ceremonially had their vehicles cross the span over the railroad tracks. It took two years to restore the eighty year old bridge, and during those years, businesses suffered.
“Having the bridge closed has really detoured a lot of everyday traffic,” said Jean Frasco, who works on Westfield Glass.
“Business is going to flourish with everybody, and we’re going to be happy again here in Westfield,” Butcher Block Owner Dan Puza said.
Having the bridge open again also means that Prospect Hill residents will again get their mail on time.
“Now they’ll get the mail early, and I’m sure they’ll be happy with that,” Westfield postal worker Bill Dunn said.
The re-opening the Pochassic Bridge has been a major occasion in this Westfield neighborhood. More than one person Friday smiled and said that they couldn’t wait for this day.