NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Construction work is about to begin on the installation of a new rotary just outside downtown Northampton. The rotary is planned for the busy intersection of Pleasant Street (Route 5) and Conz Street. The two roads meet at a sharp angle, and the area has been the site of numerous accidents over the years.
The first work on the project- the removal of the sidewalks along Conz Street from Fulton Avenue to the Quality Inn- starts Friday. That will be followed by gas line work, preparation for construction, reconfiguration of the roadway, laying of asphalt, curbing, signage, and reconstructing the sidewalks. This process will last through the end of the construction season this year, and carry over until next year, with full completion expected at the end of that season.
Pleasant Valley Used Cars is right at the intersection; the co-owner Jack Davey told 22News the current design of the intersection has caused bad accident in the past. “He got confused in the intersection and he got on the wrong side of the median, and then lost control of his car, and totaled 9 of our cars in about 9 seconds. That wouldn’t have happened if the rotary was there.”
Davey said he’s worried about how the traffic will be handled with so many businesses in the area.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has selected Gomes Construction of Ludlow to do the work on the rotary project.
The Northampton Department of Public Works plans to provide weekly construction updates on their official blog.