SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – MGM Springfield is investing more than $5 million to improve downtown roadways and intersections in Springfield.
Monday morning marks the start of several MGM Springfield improvement projects aimed at upgrading the city’s streets. Construction will begin on Utility upgrades, paving, and travel signal improvements. Some Springfield residents said the changes could impact their commute.
Chris Rosso said “My commute to work doesn’t come through here, but my commute for work is around downtown a lot, so, it will definitely take more time to get around.”
Several streets including Plainfield Street, John Street and Union Street will be undergoing sidewalk reconstruction starting Monday. Crews will also be installing wheelchair ramps to make the areas more handicap accessible.
The Construction comes as part of Main Street Refresh, a partnership between MGM Springfield and the City of Springfield, to invest millions of dollars to improve the city’s roadways and intersections.
MGM Springfield is investing more than $5 million dollars , and the city of Springfield is investing more than $1 million dollars. MGM Springfield said the upgrades will improve access to the area, creating economic benefits.
Ramon Martinez, a Springfield resident, said
“It’s gonna make it a little bit heavier, but at the end of the construction, it’s all gonna be better, so I’m for it. And if you know your way around Springfield, you should have no problem.”
During construction, Union Street from Main Street to East Columbus Avenue will be closed to through traffic for utility work. One commuter told 22News if you can avoid peak hours, construction is less of a headache.
Steve Winston said “If you do plan on going towards Connecticut or anywhere downtown, you gotta plan ahead. If I do come down here, I try to come never around rush hour, cause traffic is so congested around that time, so I just try to avoid that at all costs, cause it’ll take you forever to get to where you’re going.”
The construction is expected to go from 7 a.m. to 4 pm. Monday through Friday until the 17th of July.