Springfield officials discuss the cities aging infrastructure

The City has a ranking of street conditions

Water main break hole on Main Street Springfield. Photo by Mark Teed

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield City Councilors had some concerns about the status of the City’s aging infrastructure after the water main break in the downtown area a month ago.

The water main break caused substantial flooding and traffic delays on Main Street. On Monday, not far from where the break occurred, City Councilors met with public and private utilities at the TD Bank conference room for a roundtable discussion on what plans are in action to make improvements.

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Springfield Department of Public Works Director Chris Cignoli said there is always work that is being done; “We on a daily basis, and weekly, and monthly have significant meetings with all the utility companies; we plan everything out. We have 1 year, 2 year, 5 year, 10 year plans in place.”

Springfield DPW has issued over 11,000 permits for utility work in the last 5 years. Utilities around MGM’s planned casino, Union Station, and CRRC Railyard will be practically brand new when their projects are complete.

The City also has a ranking of street conditions, so when they get money they start at the bottom and work upwards.

Cignoli said the problem for utilities is that new mandates are constantly being set by state and federal government, but frequently are not funded.

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