FEEDING HILLS, Mass. (WWLP)– North West Street in the Feeding Hills section of Agawam, will be closed from North Westfield St. to North St. Extension for 24 hours a day starting Monday morning, through Wednesday, November 5.
The road will be closed because work on the two-year long South Transmission Main Replacement project will be going on in the area. Springfield Water and Sewer Commission spokesperson Joyce Mulvaney told 22News that the work is replacing six miles of large pipe that runs from Provin Mountain down to the Rt. 5 Rotary on the other side of town.
“In 2012 we had a pretty large rupture on that line. We did some engineering studies in between those times to take a look at what was going on with the pipe, and we found there were some issues with some corrosion,” Mulvaney said.
Dino Mercadante, owner of 9-1-1 Burgers and Dogs on nearby North Westfield St. (Route 187), told 22News that the persistent construction in the area over the past couple of years has been a hindrance on business, but he hopes the outcome will be worth it.
“Once the roads are done and nice and paved and everything, it’s going to be beautiful out here. But you have to make it to that time, so we just keep our fingers crossed and we report for work everyday,” Mercadante said.
The same section of North West Street will also be closed Thursday Nov. 6 and Friday Nov. 7, between 7 A.M. and 3:30 P.M. That will be for a separate ongoing paving project. Agawam’s Department of Public Works told 22News that is being done to fix major pothole problems on the road, which have persisted since last winter.
Drivers can use North Westfield Street and North Street Extension to get around the construction.