Memorial Ave. Rotary to shutdown for overpass repairs

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WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – 22News is working for you with a Cone Zone alert for West Springfield.

The Memorial Bridge rotary will shut down for more than three days while crews work on the two overpasses carrying Memorial Ave over Route 5.  The work will begin on Friday, May 29th at 10:00PM. It’s expected to be completed by Tuesday, June 2nd at 5:00AM.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has issued the following information on detours and pedestrian and bicyclist access:

During the first 79-hour shutdown, MassDOT will close the following roads starting at 10:00 PM on Friday, May 29, for the eastbound bridge replacement:

  • Eastbound traffic on Memorial Bridge (into Springfield)
  • Route 5 northbound between the Memorial Bridge and the South End Rotary (vehicles may access Bondi’s Island transfer station facility)
  • Route 5 north and southbound ramps to Memorial Ave eastbound
  • Sidewalks on the eastbound bridge will be closed to pedestrians/cyclists

All roads will reopen to traffic at 5:00 AM on Tuesday, June 2.

Signed Detour Routes

Signs will direct vehicles to several detours throughout West Springfield and neighboring communities. Please view the detour map for additional information.

  • To reach the North End or Downtown Springfield from West Springfield: Follow Main Street to the North End Bridge to cross the Connecticut River. Follow West Columbus Avenue (traveling south) to access downtown Springfield.
  • To reach the South End or Downtown Springfield from West Springfield: Follow Route 5 South to the South End Bridge to cross the Connecticut River. Follow the I-91 North sign, then bear right to the Columbus Avenue exit to the South End.
  • To reach Route 5 Northbound north of the North End Bridge:
    • Option 1: Mandatory for trucks and heavy vehicles – Via I-91: From West Springfield or Agawam, follow Route 57 eastbound and take the exit onto US-5 South toward I-91/Springfield/Hartford Connecticut. After crossing the South End Bridge, take the exit on the left to merge onto I-91 northbound. Continue 4 miles, then keep left at the fork to stay on I-91 over the North End Bridge. Take exit 13A onto Route 5 North/Riverdale St.
    • Option 2: Passenger vehicles only – Via Local Roads in Agawam and West Springfield: From downtown Springfield, follow US-5 South over the South End Bridge and take the MA-57 exit toward Agawam/Southwick. At the traffic circle, take the third exit onto the MA-57 West ramp and continue on MA-57 west for 1 mile. Take the exit toward Main Street Agawam/West Springfield and merge onto Main Street/MA-159. Continue for 1 mile and turn right onto MA-147 East/Suffield Street. After crossing the Westfield River, turn left onto River Street. Turn slightly right onto Park Street. At the traffic circle, take the third exit onto the Riverdale Street ramp to US-20 East/Springfield. Then merge onto Riverdale Street/US-5 North.

Pedestrians and Bicyclists: Access will be provided to the sidewalks and unmarked crosswalks on the westbound bridge and northern portion of the rotary. Bicyclists should dismount and walk their bikes on the sidewalks. Pedestrians coming from the southern sidewalks on the Memorial Bridge or Memorial Avenue in West Springfield should cross to the northern sidewalks prior to entering the rotary.

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) Bus Detours: Two PVTA bus routes will be impacted. PVTA Red Route 10 connects Westfield State University and Westfield Center to the bus depot in Springfield. PVTA Red Route 14 connects Feeding Hills/Agawam to the bus depot in Springfield.  PVTA will provide a special shuttle with no fare from Park Street to Century Plaza traveling on Main Street in West Springfield on Saturday (7:00 AM to 9:35 PM), Sunday (9:00 AM to 7:45 PM), and Monday (5:00 AM to 11:13 PM). Click here for additional information.

The westbound bridge weekend shutdown/replacement is currently scheduled for June 19 through June 23, 2015.

MassDOT encourages drivers to avoid the area and seek alternate routes to minimize delays. Those traveling through the area should expect delays and should reduce speed and use caution.

For more information, questions or concerns about the work, please contact MassDOT Legislative Liaison Pahola DeLeon at (857) 368-8986 or Pahola.DeLeon@dot.state.ma.us.

For more information about the project, click here.

The schedule for this major infrastructure project is weather dependent and subject to change without notice.

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